The Crying Heart: Clinging To A Good God In An Evil World

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During the terrible tragedies of the Boston bombings that took three lives including the life of a young boy the hearts of so many people once again cry out in anguish. The cries of the sorrowful heart in the midst of dark and deranged people under the influence of the kingdom of Satan himself. My heart cannot help but well up and burst in cry to the Lord for justice and peace in the midst of things that I cannot begin to see in full. Why do these things happen, O Lord? Why does the prince of the power of the air have so much authority against the good works of the the saints? Why do wicked men seem to bear the lesser punishment while the righteous suffer on? Why so much discouragement on the battlefield?
These are the cries of the heart that are indescribable in words. There is a deep longing in every man for justice. The justice that God promises just seem so far off sometimes and the waiting seems like it may consume you. The air seems so heavy that you don’t know if you will be able to even lift your head tomorrow.
In the midst of the tragedy the we cry “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, ‘You will not call to account’?” (Psalm 10:12–13).
I want to remind my family “But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none” (Psalm 10:14–15).
And though wicked men will have their chance for a short time, it does not last forever. “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly. For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone.” (Deuteronomy 32:35-36).
The Lord is merciful to everyone and His wrath is slow and His love is steadfast (Psalm 86:15) (Nehemiah 9:17) (Numbers 14:18) (Exodus 34:6). But His anger is not non-existent. It is removed from the saint through Christ. Wicked men who mock the laws of God have their day of punishment coming.
We live in a universe that is way beyond our understanding. I described it once as being zoomed in completely onto your neighborhood on Google Earth and looking around for a bit and then being zoomed out. While being zoomed out you are surprised at what you see now that you didn’t see. When zooming so far out of ourselves we see that the world is massive and far beyond our ability to control. Praise God that He is our best friend and that He not only controls this world but have created it.
“Lord I do not understand the the anguish I feel. The pain will not turn me away from you but it will lead me directly to you. I trust that your trials will refine my faith and will therefore trust in you through it all.”
“Lord, please do not forget the lives that are effected so deeply by the tragedies in Boston and the twisted acts of men like Doctor Gosnell. Let your eyes behold the anguish that wells up there. Let your love prevail and your wrath be satisfied. Deliver those involved and bring them peace.”
“Our minds and our hearts do not understand these things, but I trust that your ways are much higher than mine and that your love will somehow be shown best through these horrific events in the end. Throughout chaos your seeds will be planted and our tears will water them. Our pain will not be wasted because you will use it to grow joy. Your love will be shown, O Lord.”
“Before the nails were driven into the flesh of so many young children in Sandy Hook, newborn and unborn children by a twisted Doctor, and an 8 year old boy in Boston, your Son, Jesus, allowed them to be driven into His for us. You conquered death when no one could. If the sting of death really is sin, then it has no victory in us. Because your Son conquered it for us.”
“Lord, let us be privileged with patience until the final destruction of evil and the eternal reign of Your good glory. Let us hold fast onto the narrow road and not be swayed by the greatest tragedies of our lives like these before us now. Lord, hear the cries of our hearts and do not turn away from them. We cling onto you for every breath and patiently await the day of your coming. The road before us is bitter but the end leads to glory! Hold us when we can’t move or go on! Carry us through!”
“You are not distant in all of this. You foreknew these bitter days before the earth was even founded. You saw Satan’s schemes coming before they even seeded in his mind. Your plan to conquer and over-mine them were destined for victory before air had ever been designed. The victory that caused to crush your Son in our place was worth fighting for the love of sinners before we had even heard of the tree of good and evil. You are Sovereign over all of nature and victorious over death.”
“When Christ rose from the tomb of despair and death victoriously, He did not forget Boston.”
“But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.” (Isaiah 65:18-20)

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One thought on “The Crying Heart: Clinging To A Good God In An Evil World

  1. Thanks ,again, Joel. Great encouragement and comfort that, as Jesus said, “in this world, you have much trouble. But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world. Indeed we became sinners and severed from God by taking part in and consuming from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. Isn’t it interesting that God provided another tree on which His Son was given for us so we can both experience and receive His goodness and repudiate and overcome evil.
    We either see good through the eyes of the evil one, when we eat from his tree, choosing to listen to the father of lies, or we can see evil as it truly is through the light of the Father of lights, and live.

    Praise God, He hasn’t left us to ourselves and our own devices, but still pursues us, all who will hear His voice and believe and receive. But time is short as the days are evil. We must redeem the time! The gates of hell will not prevail against His church! Keep shining!

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