The Final Month: Day Twenty

Posted: July 21, 2012 in The Final Month

What a heavy, heavy day. I’ve not only dragged my feet on writing tonight, but I’m also still very carefully trying to figure out what I want, or need, to say. I’ve tried so far this month to leave the theology out of my writing concerning this “final month,” to stick simply with answered prayesr, current needs, and blessings from God. But today it’s harder to stick to the script. Not only did news come this morning of the horrible theater massacre in Colorado last night, but tragedy struck even closer to home as friends and members of my church family discovered today that they had lost their baby. Somehow reveling in being given free moving boxes today seems almost wrong in light of how bleak of a day it is for so many people, for so many reasons.

Today was a theodicy day. Simply put, this concept seeks to reconcile God’s goodness with His allowance of evil. And make no mistake about it- evil exists. Pain and suffering exist. If you don’t believe me, just watch the 26,000 children under the age of eighteen who will die today from starvation and hunger-related diseases. Watch the 4,000 babies who are legally murdered every day in this country alone. Consider that in this country, every fifteen minutes a suicide occurs. Eleven more were attempted. In various places around this planet young boys and girls are sold or traded and then raped for 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 a year. It is a horrible, wicked, depraved, fallen, jacked-up world that we live in.

As an elder, it’s not a question of theology for me. As Matt Chandler said so succinctly in this sermon, we can know that “all things work together for good,” but man, is it hard to feel sometimes. I have a theology that is very comforting, most of the time. I know that God’s in control of all things, that everything ever occurring is Plan A.  I don’t have all the answers. Some things still confuse me, and sometimes I have no clue why God allows/causes various things to happen. But as I thought about these things today, it occurred to me that the fundamental difference between the general society versus those of us who follow Jesus is this: we have hope.

We have hope that Jesus is going to right all the wrong. We have hope that we can know God and not experience His wrath. We have hope that one day evil will be eradicated, that all sin will cease. As followers of Christ we have the privilege of extending this hope to those we come across. It’s part of the primary reason behind Life Journey Church. People need Jesus. They need salvation. They need hope that God is still at work in this place. So pray in the midst of the nonstop chaos that God will be magnified, that Jesus will be exalted, that the Spirit will be present to convict and regenerate sinners, as well as comfort and console God’s people.

As we begin the last third of this month, continue to pray for God’s hand on our lives. We’re setting up for another moving sale tomorrow and would love for you to pray that God would bless our endeavors. As per usual, our other needs are listed here. If this is your first trip to this blog, catch up on the other Final Month posts here.

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

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