I am saddened by the events in Boston. The dozens injured and the growing number of fatalities cause us all to pause and reflect on how life is so fragile and how a terrible tragedy can forever change individuals, families, and a nation. When I think of Boston several things come to mind, the Boston Red Sox, a colorful fall, and the 80’s TV show called Cheers, the 70's & 80's band Boston just to name a few things. We can also think of The Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, and The battles of Lexington and Concord (The first military engagements of the American Revolution that set in motion the creation of this great nation). In a sense, Boston is an American icon, the genesis of an American break from tyranny and the cradle of American freedom.
Monday’s tragic event will also put one other thing in our memory bank of Boston; the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. So much is going on right now in all our thoughts. As I write this blog post, authorities are still try to piece together what happened today. While we all speculate who, what, and why this horrific event occurred, we must all remember that there is evil in this world and evil desiring humans bent on causing destruction and mayhem.
THREE things immediately come to mind that I would like to share with the readers of this blog:
Evil does exist... There is a malicious and murderous war of rebellion going on against the God of all the universe, the Author and Creator of all life. It is a rebellion against all that is good, lovely, true, and right. We can blame any number of people, places, and things, but the reality is it’s a treacherous rebellion against a God who loves us and wants nothing but the best for us. Sin, Death, and Satan are no respecters of men...
It will not always be this way... While God did not set the wheel of destruction and decay in motion; It was our ancestors (Adam and Eve) inability to be satisfied with all that God provided for them, and our own sinful rebellion to be fulfilled with all the Creator has intended for us. This rebellion demanded to be dealt with; and God took it upon Himself to right the wrong and set in motion the redemption and reconciliation of the universe and humankind. He sent His Son Jesus to pay the full price of our sinful rebellion against God, by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. And he, Jesus, won the victory over such and led a triumphal entry provided through his resurrection from the dead.
While we can’t fully understand why God allowed this tragic event in Boston, we can know and trust that God cares for each and everyone of those hurt by this tragedy, and that He is committed to the ultimate vanquishment of Sin, Death, and Satan. Through Jesus Christ we have the guarantee that God will follow through on His promise that all the corruption, brokenness, wickedness, and death in this world will be done away with once and for all (The victory has already been won) and that through Jesus all things will be made new (Revelation 21:5)... It will not always be this way.
Prayer is our lifeline to mourn and receive comfort... There is no better outlet for us to voice our fear and concern than prayer. No one has the matchless desire or power to comfort and satisfy our fears and concerns than our Father in heaven, and He does hear us and answer us... Let us lift our voices to God, who wants nothing more than to meet us at our time of need and provide all that we can hope or imagine for, especially in times of mourning over crisis and tragedy. Jesus is our hope and our salvation (Hebrews 9:28). God is a God of hope desiring to fill us with joy and peace. He wants nothing more than to fill us with a hope that is overflowing.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13