Living Hell

Sometimes it’s hard to look at the success of ungodly people and not be a little jealous. You struggle to pay your bills but your neighbor who cheats on his wife gets a promotion and buys the boat you’ve been dreaming about. You see public figures in million dollar homes who openly defy God’s laws and speak against Christians. You find yourself wondering how that can be fair when many of God’s people are hurting.

Years ago I was sitting in the living room of a man who was sharing his long list of woes with our EE team. He was fighting a couple of serious diseases, had been abandoned by his family, lost his job and insurance, and said that he figured he was living as close to hell as he’d ever be. Our EE leader reached over, touched his arm, and gently replied that without Christ his life, as awful as it is, would be the closest thing to heaven he would ever experience.

This life is not all there is. Eternity follows. And we are reminded in Proverbs 24:19-20 that evil people have no future. People who reject the Lord have no hope. Their eternity will consist of unimaginable anguish, regret, loneliness, sorrow. They will realize what their choice to exclude God from their lives truly means – for ever.

So don’t fall for Satan’s trick to get your eyes off the prize. If you are jealous of the success of ungodly people you are looking in the wrong direction.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in his wonderful face;

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

8 thoughts on “Living Hell

  1. Julie Garro

    My family has been struggling lately. Things don’t seem fair. But no where in the Bible does God say things will be fair. Thank you for the great reminder. This is not all there is.

    1. cazehner Post author

      I’m sorry to hear about your struggle, dear one. I know for myself that in those times, God becomes my strength and my joy. I pray that for you and your family. And yes, as hard as this life is, our hope and our assurance is in our future with our Savior. I prayed for you today, and will continue to bring you and your family to our Father. May you be blessed in the midst of it all.


    A wise man once told me, don’t be jealous of the rich as you just don’t know how they went about getting where they are!! It’s certainly as true today. Being a realist, I understand your point of view. We have followed you. Please feel free to re-share your blog posts at Godinterest Dot Com. God Bless Your Ministry.

    1. cazehner Post author

      So true. And we can’t know how God is working in that rich man’s life to draw him to Jesus. Thanks for your encouraging words and may God bless you as we’ll.


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