January 28 – God’s Will – God’s will but never abandoned

Read Luke 13:1-5

It was the day after Christmas, 2004.  It seemed like life as usual in the Asian countries around the rim of the Indian Ocean.  But a 9.0 earthquake deep underwater in the ocean would change all of that.  The earthquake itself went unnoticed by many, but it set into motion a tsunami that caught the attention of most all around the world.  In fact, that Tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people in its wake as casualties.

Or step back just over three years earlier to September 11, 2001.  Even though the number of casualties was not nearly as severe, Americans felt its impact deeper still.  What unfolded on that day, you see, was no natural disaster.  It was a terrorist attack on American soil that left thousands dead.

Still, the response/question rising out of the rubble of both is the same.  Where was God?

I make no pretenses of having the definitive answer that people have looked for throughout the ages.  Even Jesus . . . in recognition of the terrible acts of Pilate, a mad-man terrorist, and of a seemingly “natural disaster” of a tower falling . . . even Jesus doesn’t seem to respond to that one.  One thing that can be said for sure in response to God’s “location” is that He never abandons His own.  The author of Hebrews put it like this:

“. . . He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say,

‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?’”  (Heb. 13:5, 6)

We live in a world that has been and is continually being influenced by the tsunami set into motion by the earthquake of sin thousands of years ago.  That will be true until the day Jesus returns.  But the child of God can know that he/she can cling to a Rock and find shelter in a fortress even though everything else around him/her seems to collapse (Ps. 46:1-3).

Father, I am so glad I have you.

Steve Kern

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