If I didn’t believe God was sovereign and good, I would be paralyzed in fear to live in a world that seems darker by the day. If the magnitude of grief, tragedy, evil, and violence makes our stomachs churn and hearts shatter, I can’t imagine how it must grieve and break the heart of our Heavenly Father.
But no matter how grievous this world becomes, no matter how evil the hearts of men grow, and no matter how hopeless things may seem, NOTHING can thwart God’s redemptive plan. In fact, the darker things grow, the brighter the hope of Christ shines within it.
There is so much to mourn, grieve, and weep over right now and always. But instead of only pursuing the hope of change through politics, laws, and a shouting of opinions, maybe we can hold high the hope of the gospel that has the power to not just change actions, but hearts.
Because no matter how hopeless things may seem, we know the end of this story. God defeats Satan. Light eradicates the dark. A perfect world replaces this broken one. And the peace, love, and righteousness of Christ silences the loud roar of evil once and for all.
Let’s weep with those who weep because Christ does. But let our outcry be different from the world’s because it is laced with the confident hope of gospel truth that says, because Jesus endured all of this and more on our behalf, he is with us through it and will one day conquer all when our Heavenly Father says once again “it is finished.”
Until then, we cry with longing and hope,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” Ps. 46:1-3