By Douglas Wilson
We are a congregation. We are all together. What happens to all of us happens to each of us, and what happens to some of us happens to all of us. This does not mean that it all happens in the same way—of course not—but we are all affected. One of the things we must meditate on is how that all works.
If someone next to you gets cancer that did not just happen to that person. The cancer affects everyone, but to varying degrees. When someone next to you inherits a million dollars that also happened to everyone around. “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Cor. 12:26).
But we must be careful. We must guard our hearts. We must guard our own hearts. When a hard providence hits our neighbor, like cancer, we know where the grace of God is needed, and we are usually gratified to see God supply that grace—frequently in abundance. We pray earnestly for it to happen, and are glad when it does. But when a good providence hits our neighbor, we think we know where the grace of God is needed—in his undeserving little heart—and we wonder why that grace is not being given.
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