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Monday, November 16, 2015

Our God is Good

Oh my heart. It has been physically hurting watching the terror of this world the past week. I am not a political person and will never talk politics on my blog (or ever really) but I do want to speak truth and life amidst deep sadness. As I read about the bloodbath in Paris on Friday and watched the body count rise, I clung to my babies and just felt numb. In the true kindness of our God and His incredible providence, our church, The Austin Stone, preached on God's plan and purposes for evil the very Sunday before the tragic events unfolded. God I know you are supposed to use evil for good but how? Why? When? I found myself whispering, "Jesus it's you, you're more, you're enough, you're better" while trying to place myself in those victims shoes. They were mothers, fathers, students, doctors, teachers... just regular old people like you and me. I just can't wrap my head around it right now but what I do know is God isn't evil and although he may allow evil to happen, He isn't the one committing it. We cannot understand God's plans if we don't understand His purposes. The greatest suffering that could ever happen, Jesus, was planned by God to save His people. He is good, He will make good of this broken, nasty world. We must hold fast to that truth and remind ourselves that this place isn't our home. When God raised Jesus from the dead he showed us that in the greatest of evils, He is accomplishing a good beyond comprehension. And just like Jesus, in the darkest moments of our lives,  the cross promises that God is good. 

If you are interested in listening to the sermon, you can find it here. I pray that you find comfort and understanding while listening. 

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. -Exodus 9:13-16

1 comment:

Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl said...

Sooo beautiful said! God is sooo good!

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