Psalm 127:3-5

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!"

One Nation Under God

Eight years ago our nation was brought to a sudden standstill as the TV displayed to us devastating news:

We watched in horror as not one but two planes hit the twin towers, then one hit the pentagon.

We then watched live footage of people jumping from windows to their deaths rather than being burned alive. We watched as people swarmed from New York City to run to safety, fearing that another attack was coming.

Then the two towers crumbled to the ground. The world was silent as they watched.

Rescue teams came in from miles around to help save the lives of people trapped under rubbish and debris.

Some people were given grace to be able to walk away unhurt.

Over the next few days the resounding question that everyone was asking was:


This is the question that all mankind find themselves asking during difficult times. It's not an easy question to answer from the human perspective. We want to make sense of situations, know the reasoning behind things, know what it's going to affect, and simply why it had to happen?

Even this morning, a dear friend and co-worker of mine found her 20+ son dead in their home. I'm sure today she is wondering, "Why, Lord?" and seeking answers for the unknown.

Yet, there is hope for the Christian during these times of desperate questions and emotions! When we look at the Cross of Christ and realize that we all deserve death because of our sins and that it is only because of the blood of the perfect Lamb of God that we have life eternally, we realize that instead of asking why, we can rest in the perfect knowledge of God and his ordaining of these earthly tragedies. Death is not hidden from God. He ordains every little detail of life... and death.

Now, you may say "but how can God allow bad things to happen to good people?" yet is that really a proper, biblical question? God is 100% pure. Now, if He is pure, how can He interact with an impure people? This is where the beauty of the Gospel is so marvelous! God "made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21

We need a mediator to go between us and God, one who is pure, spotless, and holy. "For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." 1 Peter 2:21-24

Christ came to this earth to be the redeemer and mediator for us! He took our sins on His perfect, sinless body, then took them to the cross and died in our place.

You see, we should not be asking, "why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" but rather "why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?." Brothers and sisters, we do not deserve anything good! It is only by the pure mercy and blood of Christ that we receive good. God has lavished us with countless blessings that we, in our sinful state, have no claim to. But through Christ, once He is Lord of our hearts, we now enter into a state of redemptive grace where God shows us a goodness and kindness that unrepentant man knows nothing of. Then, when tragedies come, we can know for sure that God has allowed this to happen for a purpose, that His will will be accomplished, and that He is still our great God.

God's character never changes. No matter the circumstances that change around us, God will always be good.


Wendy said...

Excellent proclamation of the Gospel and the excellencies of Jesus Christ! There are many hard things in this world, but Christ reigns supreme. I pray for the family who lost a son.

Michelle said...

Thanks Wendy!

We went to the funeral today. It was so sad to see a young adult pass! I pray that God will use this to witness to the lives of those around him!

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