“And behold, the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, ‘Good news for my lord the king! For the Lord has delivered you this day from the hand of all who rose up against you.’ The king said to the Cushite, ‘Is it well with the young man Absalom?’ And the Cushite answered, ‘May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.’ And the king was deeply moved and went to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said ‘O my son, Absolom, my son, my son Absolom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absolom, my son, my son!” (2 Samuel 18:31-33 ESV)
We had a death in our school community last week. Grief is a challenge that no one expects to have to deal with until it is upon us. It makes us cry and question why these horrible things happen. But when we know the Lord, we have hope.
“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:8-10 ESV)
Many like to ask how a loving God could let bad things happen or how could they possibly believe with all that is unfair in the world. But God is just. If He wasn’t then that truly wouldn’t be fair.
“He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.” (Romans 2:6-11 ESV)
God protects those who seek His face. He comforts those who mourn. And vengence belongs to Him alone.
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:15-18 ESV)
So no matter what comes our way, let us know that “God’s got this” even if we don’t understand it now.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes it boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!”