Judgment seems to come from God, but actually
our actions prepare the judgment that we receive.
Romans 8:26-27. God's grace is at work
in us even (or especially) when we feel helpless to do anything.
It is then, as the popular poster goes, when there is only one
set of footprints, that God is carrying us.
Matthew 13:24-43. Three parables of the
kingdom. Why do bad people get good stuff and never seem to suffer?
One answer suggested by the first parable is: God is biding time,
waiting until the harvest, when the wheat will be gathered into
barns and the weeds will be bundled for burning. The second and
third parables describe the kingdom growing in our midst, almost
unseen, yet with dramatic consequences.