“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
I haven’t tied this blog to current events, because that’s not really my purpose here. However, today, April 15, 2013 there was death and chaos and what was supposed to be a celebratory and invigorating annual event in Boston, Massachusetts at the annual running of the Boston Marathon.
We struggle at times like this to understand the “whys” behind events like these and reconcile them with our faith in God. It can be difficult to maintain spiritual peace when we observe and hear about tragedies big and small. Chaos descends and disrupts our sense of well-being Can we really trust God no matter what happens?
Human words and philosophies and platitudes fail in situations like these. We instead have to trust God’s word. I found a few passages as examples:
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.” Psalm 103:8 We trust that even in the midst of unexpected death and loss that there is mercy and grace.
“As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” Psalm 103:15. At times like this we are reminded that human life is transitory and that we should be ready to meet God any time, any place. Just as a marathon runner trains diligently to prepare for his race, so we should prepare for our spiritual race to end of our human lives by building up our soul and spirit and telling others about Christ.
“The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.: Psalm 103:19. We can take from this passage that even when live seems out of control, God is still at the helm and supremely sovereign.
We don’t find our spiritual peace through the absence of tragedy in our lives.
We find our greatest peace when we can feel God’s presence in our lives in our darkest times.
We can pray for those impacted in Boston that they seek the peace that can only be found through relationship and trust in Christ and Christ alone.
All the Best in 2013,