God is Good
Post date: Jun 3, 2013 8:43:00 PM
I sit to write this article, with a cup of coffee in hand, the day after a devastating tornado ripped through a town outside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As I sat on the couch last night with my wife looking at the news reports citing the death of numerous school children, she commented with tears in her eyes, “I don’t say good-bye to our daughter expecting it to be the last time I see her.” Her emotional filled sentiments express how life can change in an instant. Sometimes it’s for the better. Sometimes it’s for the worse. Here is a quick Google search for news articles on recent worldwide events: Bombing At Boston Marathon; Deaths Reported, Injuries Mounting (April 15)
Massive Plant Explosion Levels Town Near Waco (April 17)
Over 189 Dead In China Earthquake: “We Lost Everything” (April 20)
19 Wounded In New Orleans Mother’s Day Shooting (May 12)
Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Slams Oklahoma, Death Toll High (May 20)
Things can be turned upside down in a blink of an eye. If you don’t know this this be true – you better come to grips with it soon. These headlines are awful but we are not without hope. Jesus comforted his disciples by saying, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Bombings, explosions, earthquakes, shootings, and tornadoes don’t make much sense to me. I hope they never will. Christopher Wright in his book The God I Don’t Understand writes, “Evil is not there to be understood, but to be resisted and ultimately expelled.” So here is what we might not understand but what we know:
Evil is evil.
God is good.
God (and the people of God) can overcome anything.
I plead with you to root yourself in this reality – and do it now. Job, after experiencing his life being turned upside down proclaims, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5). The prophet Micah, after experiencing his country being turned upside down proclaims, “Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light” (Micah 7:8). King David, after experiencing a sense abandonment proclaims, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5-6).
As we come to the conclusion of our Sunday morning sermon series on the book of Colossians, I leave with you with Paul’s encouragement to be rooted, built up, and strengthened in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:7). Doing so will keep you standing when things turn upside down.
Pastor Jeff Gravens