Tragedies that for many in Africa and the Middle East occur every day.
It is hard not to look at the world, and not feel sadness, grief, and even anger.
Hard, to think of raising up our children to live in such a place that will only grow darker and darker until Jesus return.
It is heartbreaking to think of so many who mourn the loss of their loved ones. Heartbreaking to dwell on so many grieving right now.
And part of me is saddened that my own heart isn’t more saddened by these things.
Yet, the reality is, none of these things seem to surprise me much anymore. I can remember the first school shooting in the USA, and how it rocked the nation. Yet, nowadays, it seems it is a common occurrence.
Bomb blast, suicide bombers, ISIS, refugees trying to find “home.” It seems more and more this is what we hear.
It doesn’t lessen the shock, but it does dull it.
And though I mourn alongside these and pray for them. I am reminded that things are not going to get better, they will in fact get worse.
Until THAT day.
Until that day, the world will grow darker, people will want their ears tickled, and tragedy will occur.
Why? Because,we live in a lost and fallen world.
Why would anyone think it was a good idea to strap a bomb to themselves and go kill others and themselves?
Why? Because, they are brainwashed into believing that they are doing a good thing. They believe and act upon lies.
What the world needs is not more hate, what the world needs is the Gospel.
What the world and the lost need is an encounter with the Lord.
Yes, we live in an evil world. A world that is evil because of the depravity of mankind.
A world in which we as believers have been shown the almighty grace of God.
The truth is, had I been born in the Middle East, I too might believe and act upon such lies.
The truth is, had I been born in Nepal, I too would probably worship many gods.
The truth is, had I been born in China, I too might not believe in any God.
Oh, but the grace of God.
I did nothing to deserve it. It was given to me freely as a gift.
Grace that my eyes have been opened while hundreds I pass each day, continue in darkness.
Grace that I accepted the truth, while thousands of others believe lies.
Yes, great tragedy has occurred this past weekend. Tragedy I would not wish upon anyone.
And my heart grieves with these.
But, let us not forget in our anger and grief, that it is because this world needs to hear about the One and Only One who can change their lives forever, JESUS.
And, may this tragedy spur us on more and more to share this precious gift of salvation with the lost the Lord brings across our paths each day.
It is easy, to get busy and caught up with “life.”
Yet, our purpose, is not just to live our lives. Our purpose is to surrender our lives to the Lord, and follow Him wherever He leads!