This is the statement a friend's new husband made on his facebook status today. God has given him a house to live in and all he has to do is mow the lawns. Unable to resist this statement, I told him I bought my own house and I asked why is God visiting the locals in his neighbourhood and giving away free gifts to a select few.
Seems that God has not actually made a physical appearance and handed over the keys himself but obviously through God's divine will he has shone some good luck on the faithful.
I am surprised. Why is God able to intervene and do good things for some but he is not be able to do good for all his subjects? Why are the faithful seemingly rewarded and punished as randomly as the unfaithful?
Or more to the point why do people assume there is a plan or intervention at all? What makes people so special that they believe God speaks and guides their lives?
It seems to me that if God does intervene in some people's lives then he ceratinly has favourites when he bestows his blessings and goodwill on his subjects, whether they are faithful or not.
Take for example one of God's faithful servants (an old school friend of mine) who has always followed the divine plan and lived a life of kindness, good deeds and church callings. She is unfortuately still dying of cancer while leaving behind 5 children under the age of 13. Why has he failed to shine his goodness and blessings on her?
Oh I have heard all the reasonings when I ask similar questions about innocent children dying in flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and natural disasters. God I am told is not responsible for the man's abuse of the planet and the consequences of the destruction of the planet....mmm...don't incidences of natural phenomena predate man?
Here is my point, God seems no more inclined to intervene when needed regardless of how faithful you are, so it seems to me that perhaps God does not really intervene when things go well either. Doesn't that stand to reason?
You cannot have it both ways can you?