You ever wonder why it is that God blesses some people and not just Christians? Just look at the world around you and I’m sure you can come up with at least five people who you know, who are none Christians, that have been blessed by God. Maybe they have a nice car, or a good relationship with their spouse. Maybe that have a bigger house than you, make more money than you, or just seem to have things better off than you. It can be easy to fall into that trap and wonder what God is doing making Christians life miserable and blessing the non-believers with peace and prosperity.

The theology behind it we call “common grace,” which is just a fancy way of saying that God blesses all of his creation, even though people who are in open rebellion to him. How can God do this? Imagine with me if you will a world in which light only shined on Christians, or rain only came down on the elect. God actually did this once and it was when he was judging Egypt, he made protected the camp of Israel but caused horrible things to happen to the Egyptians. Of course if you remember that situation didn’t turn out too well and it took even stronger measures before the Pharaoh finally gave in to God’s demands.

The truth is though that was only a special occurrence and the general rule of thumb is that God gives general blessings to everyone. The rain lands on the just and the unjust, the sun shines on everyone. Jesus put this well in Matthew 5:45 when he says, “…so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Whether we like it or not everyone, and I mean everyone, is created in the image of God. Yes that image has been distorted and warped, but that doesn’t change the special creation that is mankind. And so God in his grace does not with hold some of his blessings. Of course there are some blessings, such as salvation, that are withheld only for his children.

So next time life gets you down and you wonder why God is so cruel to his children remember that he loves us all, and while the world may appear to win for now, there will be a time when all accounts are settled and made right.

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