Scripture: from verse 1
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace…
Observation: Yesterday at the ladies’ Bible study, one of the ladies was questioning why God allows people to die young despite our prayers. One of the other women responded that maybe God was taking them away from a future that would be worse. I didn’t like that answer at the time, but this verse seems to be saying the same thing. When a righteous person perishes, he or she enters into peace and avoids the calamity that is coming.
I have no idea if that’s always true, and I’m not sure whether it’s an especially comforting thing to say, but it does remind us that God doesn’t see things the way we see them. God’s views of life and death and strength and weakness are all different and weird to us. Which is probably just as well, given how hopeless our perceptions tend to be.
Application: Believe God, even when His words don’t seem to make sense. Ask for His perspective instead.
Prayer: Lord, I praise you because you are the one who sees reality as it is. You are the one who can see both sides of the coin and the other 90% of the iceberg and all the colors not in the rainbow. Thank you for rescuing me and keeping me safe. Help me to see what you see. Amen.