So another senseless attack on human lives has occurred and we try to grasp and understand the many questions that come to mind.
We wonder where God was and why didn’t he stop this carnage? If he is so loving why did he not just ride in on a white horse and save the day? In fact, why didn’t he instead, prevent the whole thing since he is an all knowing God?
Why do some people come out with miraculous survival stories and others land in the hospital or at a funeral service or enter eternity when all they had planned was an evening concert with some good friends, and their favorite music?
Part of this free will that God gives us, allows all of us the freedom to choose whether we will live for evil or live for good.
That choice that He gives us boils down to the fact that he isn’t a puppeteer who makes us dance and speak at his will.
He is a relational God who calls us to himself. As someone once said, “God is not a cosmic rapist.” God is sovereign, God is good, God is love but we can choose to yield or reject him and if it is the latter, one may find himself on the slippery slope of a point of no return.
Those who seek him will find him when they search for him with all their hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13)
The God who pursues us wants us to pursue him. He knows that to seek him with all of our hearts is the way to know what goodness and love truly are.
To know it at the deepest level is an opportunity to live it to the fullest extent.
Times like these do not negate God’s goodness but shed a light on man’s depravity and our desperate need to know our creator, Jesus his son and to walk in his light.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
He has left footprints for us to follow.
If only we will.