The Benefits of Crime, 5

Benefit #10 that the Lord brought into my life through the burglary at our house: I’ve developed a much deeper appreciation for how my sin affects God. Here’s what I mean. One afternoon I was complaining to God about how violated I felt by this crime—someone breaking into MY house, taking MY things, creating significant inconvenience for ME. And suddenly I realized how ironic this whole diatribe must sound in God’s ears, coming from a sinner like me.

How ironic that I would complain to God about how this crime personally offended me, when every one of my many sins was a profoundly personal offense to Him. Ironic that I would express indignation about this crime to Him who felt holy wrath at my sin. Ironic that I would complain to God of my inconvenience, when the remedy for my sin cost Him the life of His very Son. Needless to say, my complaints gave way to repentance.

Why have I taken all this time to review these 10 points? Wasn’t it overkill once we got past number 5? Here’s why. I am utterly convinced that “the LORD gives and the LORD takes away” (Job 2:21). I believe when “disaster comes to a city [or a family], the LORD has done it” (Amos 3:6). The bedrock of my life is the confidence that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph 1:11). Yet I also believe “He is good and does good” (Ps 119:68) to His children all the time in every circumstance. So why this 10-point list? Because I believe God both planned (not just “allowed”) our break-in AND accomplished a heap of good through it. God is both sovereign and good. This long list just gives me another excuse to say it!