How many times do we have to endure this? What is wrong with the world? How many times must we morn for our fellow man? Where is God in all of this? These questions come to our minds when things like this occur. I can’t imagine the pain, the sorrow, the loss suffered due to the actions of a few. These last few year have been exceptionally tragic. Movie theaters, schools, and now the streets of Boston. We need answers, and we need them now. I approach this with a humble and broken heart, fully knowing that healing comes from God. I want you to hear from a man after God’s own heart.
“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord ! May the King answer us when we call”. (Psalms 20:1-9 NKJV)
I don’t know why things like this happen, but what I do know is God fights for us. He hears us when we call. For those that see God as passive, remember this:
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Lord, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me”. (Psalms 18:6-17 NKJV)
God is a warrior, and he is strong enough to save you. Call on Him. He will draw you out of many waters.
So what is our call? What do we do? As Theoden from The Lord of The Rings puts it, “What can men do against such wreck less hate”? Love. That’s it. Simply love one another. Show kindness to strangers. Show mercy to those who need it. Prove to the world that hateful men are the exception, not the rule. It’s not your job to enact vengeance. “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord”. (Romans 12:19 NKJV) It’s your job to love. Be the one who runs toward the blood and fire. Be the one who gives water and a place to rest. In so doing, you will be God’s hands and feet.