“Why?”

Read: Genesis 1

What a terrible way to wake up on a Friday morning. As I turned on the news I saw the unfolding tragedy that had happened in Aurora, Colorado. A gunman once again opening fire on innocent people. Each time this happens, which is much too often, we find ourselves asking the question “why?” Why does God allow this to happen? Why does God allow suffering? We ask it as if it is God’s fault.

Three days after the massacre in Aurora, pastor and author Lee Strobel delivered a wonderful message at Cherry Hills Community Church about that question. You must read it! It is very good and addresses the questions that so many people ask when things like this happen. He delivered this message at a church within an hour’s drive of that theater. Here is the link to read it. Again, it is a must read!

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/162215-lee-strobel-why-does-god-allow-tragedy-and-suffering.html?p=1

If that link won’t work you can go to www.churchleaders.com and search for the article “Why does God allow tragedy and suffering.” Lee talks about five points of light and does a great job reaffirming the proclamation in Genesis 1 that says, “God saw all the he made and it was very good.”

Toward the end of this article/message by Lee he says, “So when tragedy strikes, as it will; when suffering comes, as it will; when you’re wrestling with pain, as you will, and when you make the choice to run into His arms, here’s what you’re going to discover: you’ll find peace to deal with the present, you’ll find courage to deal with your future, and you’ll find the incredible promise of eternal life in heaven.”

You see, it’s normal for us to ask the “why?” questions. In 2 Corinthians Paul reminds us that we are not going to have all the answers in this life. He says, “now I know in part; then I shall know fully.” Someday we will be able to know fully when we are at home in heaven with Jesus. For now we keep seeking his peace, his courage, and this incredible promise of eternal life in heaven that Lee mentions.

A part of my goal in these midweek meditations is not always to share my own thoughts and discernment on things but to lead you to God’s Word and to what others are saying about life, culture, and following Jesus. I hope this message/article impacts you as much as it has impacted me this week.

Make it personal: Try turning off the news sometimes and tuning into articles and commentary like this from Lee Strobel. The news will always focus on the tragedy, we need to find ways to realize the tragedy, but focus on our hope and strength in Jesus Christ. In Him we find our hope!

Have a great week and stay cool,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church