“Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.” (Proverbs 14:22)
Mercy and truth to them that devise good? How ’bout that? Before you even get to carry it out, while it’s still in the planning stages, you get mercy and truth right off the bat, just for thinking it up. That’s pretty cool.
Too bad to be false
It’s so easy to surmise big things that are going wrong with the world. And while some of them may indeed be real think of all the ones (that’s right, all the ones) that are demonstrably bunk. Some of them may be actual dangers that are creeping in and infesting the minds of the populace with alarming frequency and effectiveness. Some of these “conspiracy theories”, for lack of a better term, may indeed be true and more than theories. Best to start turning the tide now for the ones in question. But notice. Notice man’s predilection for the overarching and subtle falsehood that’s propagated under cover of casuistry and façade. How come no one has ever thought of the “good conspiracy theory”? Aside from reading about and knowing the character of God (and knowing Him), I have never heard of something in the world that, once posited as a positive, isn’t laughed off as entirely implausible at best and fake at worst.
Maybe, for instance, there are these little elves that come into your house at night and repair your worn-out shoes? Who knows? Perhaps there’s a man who has nothing better to do than profile people the world over in order to reward them accordingly–one night out of the year. Or, rewinding down from the fantastic, maybe, just maybe, there’s a government program in place that is looking to slowly replace all the pollen-producing plants the world over with ones that won’t induce seasonal allergies. I don’t know. And I could sit here and surmise all day long. But pretty soon, I’ll look out the window and realize that the world is a tough place. Unless one works themselves hard to whatever inverse degree the Lord has blessed them in the material areas, nothing’s gonna happen to turn the tide of the person whose plight is hard. It’s a conspiracy, I say.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
That’s where it begins. Paul, citing Isaiah 64:4 says “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) It still holds true for us in the age of grace as it did for those who lived under the law of Moses. God has, buried deep and hidden in the clouds, things of inexpressible blessing and beauty for the person who “loves Him”. That’s a simple qualifier and if you find yourself wondering why nothing good ever happens to you (impossible), you might consider dialing in more your love for God. Because this stuff happens automatically, it says, for those whose hearts are right with Him.
Too good to be false
“And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And He said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God…” (Matthew 19:17-18a)
I would have to say that with a lot of negative ideas and notions that float freely through the ether, the basis for their “shelf life” and therefore strength would have to be the fact that, without God, life is an inherent tragedy. Life can beat you down and tear you apart. More so if you endeavor to follow God. And if you seek to align yourself with what He’d have you do and what He’d have you know, you’re going to need all the help you can get, just to get topside.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
See, God purposes to bless you, to reward you. The writer of Hebrews (11:6) list belief in that very thing as qualification for simply coming to Him. “He (and she) that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God has all this stuff that isn’t doing any good where it is. And it isn’t just stuff, like possessions, etc. Things like peace and hope and joy. Things that are sprung from eternity and have no basis (and therefore bearing) on anything going on in the world, or in your world. Things that, were they able to collect dust (no dust in Heaven), would be doing that very thing as no one seeks to appropriate them. Look for it. Imbue your imagination with the things that God says He’ll do for you simply by virtue of being one of His kids, and by loving Him. And conspire accordingly.