I published this post last summer, and feel led to share it again. I pray it provides some comfort and encouragement.
The last couple of weeks have been discouraging, at least as far as world events are concerned. I don’t intend to discuss politics. I do wish to discuss the evil and violence we are seeing each day. There has been quite a bit going on and watching it over and over again on television or social media, can begin to take it’s toll on our emotions. It may leave some of use wondering where is God in all of this.
Where is God? He hasn’t moved. We have. We have become so saturated with 24 hour news channels, and social media, that some of us have taken our eyes off of God. We really need to be careful, and not be so overcome with gloom and doom, that we forget about God’s love for us.
When God created mankind, he gave him free-will. Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, had free-will, and they chose to disobey God, and brought evil and sin into the world.
Every person on earth has the free-will to choose to obey or disobey God. Unfortunately, there are many who are choosing to disobey God, and are unleashing evil and violence on the world. They think they are in control, but they are not. God is still in control. God could remove evil from the world by taking away our free-will, but God didn’t want us to be robots. He gave us the free-will to sin, but he also gave us the free-will to obey and love Him. He wants us to freely choose to obey and love him.
So, where is God? He is where he has always been. He is answering prayers and wrapping His loving arms around victims of terrorism. He is comforting the families of police officers, who were slain while protecting us. He is working in the hearts of those who are seeking healing for our nation, that appears to be coming apart at the seams.
God is waiting for us to turn our eyes back to Him. He is waiting for us to pray and ask for peace for our troubled hearts. He can give us peace and hope for our troubled world. We won’t find this in politics or government. Our hope comes from the maker of Heaven and Earth.
Jesus promised this peace to us in John 14:27. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
In the midst of the turmoil we are seeing on a daily basis, let us all remember this promise.