I was deeply saddened by news of a family i know’s son falling 2 stories. He’s not doing well, and as
i said in the last post, it has been a sober reminder of how temporary life is, and how the biblical view of suffering is so different from the world’s.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
As Christians, when tragedy strikes, we have something, someone, to hold on to. God reminds us that he works all together for good, even in the midst of tragedy.
This shows us the fundamental fact that God is in control.
In many other worldviews, it’s us who have to take control. We have the burden to stop evil. This diminishes God as the ultimate sovereign king that he is. Though we do have a calling to fight sin, but we cannot do it without God. Without Christ’s blood applied to our account, we can do nothing.
But if God is sovereign, doesn’t he have the power to stop all this evil that happens to christians and non-christians alike? The answer is yes. God has the power. But he also has a plan, he is working all things for good for those who love him, who are called to his holy purpose. So in suffering, Christians have the hope of eternal good. We have something to suffer for, we can glorify God through our suffering. Even when we don’t know his plans, we know he will right every wrong and every injustice.
Romans 12:19 says, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
In many ways, this has been a very comforting verse to me. It may seem counter-intuitive to some of different worldviews, but the fact that God is a God of wrath makes me filled with peace because of this verse.
Let me explain. We can’t stop every injustice. We are humans, we’re flawed. We cause the injustice. Our sinful flesh is the reason anything bad has ever happened in the first place!
But if God avenges all evil and all injustice in it’s time, then I don’t need to hold hatred for people who have hurt me and others, I have a God who will right every wrong. This may sound harsh, but unless there is repentance and faith in Christ, every evil-doer (myself included) will pay for there sins, and there will be perfect justice in that.
So as i think of these tragedies in Paris and elsewhere, I’m reminded that God has a plan, and he will right every wrong. If the murderers don’t get justice on earth, then God will ultimately bring justice upon them. But we pray that all would come to Christ and be changed.
Christ knows what it is like to be murdered as an innocent man. He knows the pain these families feel. He knows.
And only in that do I have some comfort for my soul.