Today is June 4, 2019

Verse of the Day — Psalm 18:28

The Lord my God illumines my darkness.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Don’t give up in the dark what you learned in the light.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

God promises to light our path.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
—Psalm 119:105

But many times we find ourselves in a confusing situation with seemingly no light. And if we are not careful, everything we’ve learned is forgotten and we may have a wrong, ungodly response.

But God says Christians can “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” without fearing evil (Psalm. 23:4). He also promises that His “Light arises in the darkness for the upright” (Psalm 112:4). So, regardless of the situation we find ourselves in, always go back to God for the long-term answers.

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge. —2 Samuel 22:3a

. . . He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. —Psalm 18:30


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Our church has a very strong mission focus and program. I was recently reading in our church mission literature that they believe roughly 40% of the world’s population are not aware of Jesus Christ nor have heard the Gospel. I pray for these people, but I struggle that God would condemn them and not save them when they are not even aware of His Son and what He did for us. I am having a hard time understanding this in light of our forgiving God.


ANSWER:

The Israelites asked the same question:

You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?” —Malachi 2:17

God is a loving God but also a God of justice. It’s a fact that we all have sinned and deserve death.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God —Romans 3:23

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned —Romans 5:12

But the righteous God of the universe loved His creation so much that He came and paid the price of sin (death), for all who, by faith, trust in His shed blood on Calvary.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. —John 3:16-17

So really, it’s not that some people will burn in hell for eternity, it’s that any of us escape at all!

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