Reading: Psalm 8: 2
Even though God and His creation draw praise and worship from some, others do not see the beauty and majesty of His creation or acknowledge His power and might. Instead of lives that steward and protect His world and all He has created, some choose to abuse the earth and its inhabitants for their own gain. Some even go so far as to murder, to wage war, to pillage the land for its resources. They ignore or deny God’s existence because it eases their consciences.
In nature we also find occurrences or events that seem to fly in the face of God and His love. Tsunamis and earthquakes destroy property and kill scores if not hundreds of people. Disease strikes and takes innocent lives, often too soon or too young. Individuals or groups carry out heinous crimes or spew hate and we shake our heads. There is much pain and death and sorrow in this world. But God does not cause these things to happen. Violent storms are part of nature; disease and death come to perishable and frail human bodies; and, at times, mental illness occurs or Satan’s plans occasionally win the day.
We can ask where is God in the midst of all this. We can ask why God doesn’t intervene to keep all harm from His children. These are hard questions. But we know the rain falls on the just and on the unjust. God loves the sinner just as much as the saint. God does plan good for our lives. He blesses us with gifts and talents and often with many resources. He seeks to be in a personal relationship with us. In the midst of our trials, God sheds tears right along with us. He seeks to be our rock in the storm, our comforter in the pain. Simply put, God seeks to be present to us all of the time, in the good and in the bad, not just on some days. May we too do the same.