Downhome Christian


February 7, 2019

Tecumseh recently lost two of its finest young people. Shelby Danielle Johnson and Logan Don Deardorff were tragically killed in a vehicle accident in Shawnee. Both loved life, set goals, and until last week had bright futures awaiting them. It is a tragedy that happens much to often.

During such painful times you will often hear this question: "Why would a God who is all-good, all knowing, and all powerful allow such an event to happen?

This is one of life's difficult questions. Other people have suffered this same horrible trauma and are trying to understand why it happened. The truth is no one knows. We can discuss theology and the Bible. We can cry "why, why, why" forever but only God Himself knows the answer.

The Apostle Paul said it this way: "Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later, we will see Him face to face. We don't know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us." 1 Corinthians 13:12 (TPD).

However, there are things that we do know. We know that God understands the pain we go through when tragedy strikes our lives. Here is how Jesus responded when one of his closest friends died prematurely. The man's name was Lazarus. When Jesus saw Lazarus's sister, Mary, crying and heard the others weeping during the funeral, the Bible says, "Jesus wept." (John 11:35 NASB)

Later in this chapter Jesus will raise Lazarus from the dead. His friends' hearts are turned from grief into joy. Now, Jesus knew what would happen with Lazarus but still He wept. Why did the Son of God weep?

Jesus wept because God hurts when you hurt. He shares your sorrow. He died so that these young people might live again. That is God's promise to those who enter into a relationship with Him.

If you are hurting right now, God is hurting with you. It is difficult to cover this subject in just one column. Talk with your pastor or a Christian friend. The good news is that the Bible tells us about a time when "there will be no more tears, no more death, no mourning, no crying out, and no more pain." (Rev. 21:1 NASB).

God bless.


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