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It would be difficult to avoid noticing that convicted drug trafficker, Schapelle Corby, has been released on parole from her Bali prison.
Despite her conviction and her sentence, people continue to speculate about her innocence, regardless of the strength of evidence that supports the original decision by the Bali court.
This public affair matters to us because we all have a deep sense of justice: we hate to see the innocent punished and we can’t bear to see the guilty set free.
Yet, this is what makes the crucifixion of Jesus so astonishing, for justice was not served on that first Easter: those of us who trust in Jesus are considered innocent, at the expense of the very life of Jesus.
Unless Schapelle says something genuinely new and different in her chequebook journalistic tell-all interview, we’re unlikely to know for sure if she knowingly smuggled the drugs into Bali.
But we can be sure that God truly knows everything, and that the day is coming when he will judge the living and the dead.
As our Aussie farmers wilt under the pressures of this latest drought in our land, we are reminded again of our dependence on God for all our everyday needs.
So what are we to make of this drought? What is God doing in our sunburnt country?
Well, we must remember Jesus’ words that God “sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)
God is the one who brings rain, and as he does so, it affects both those who are righteous in his eyes, as well as those who have turned their backs on God.
But for us who are righteous, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
It is good and right for us to pray for rain for our land, and as we do so we should remember that God is in control and that he works through so called ‘natural’ events for the good of us who have been called to love him.