Prince of Peace

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Like so many, I am shocked, horrified and heartbroken for the events that occured in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. I found myself on the brink of tears through the entire weekend thinking of those precious children taken in an instant of fear, and the pain that remains in the hearts of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends.

It’s easy to question the goodness and soveriengty of God when things like that happen.
If God is in control, why would He let something like this occur?
If he had the power to stop it, why didn’t He?
How can a good God cause such pain in this world? 

I think so often we forget the brokenness, depravity of this fallen world we live in. Things like this don’t happen because God isn’t in control, they happen because this world is corrupt. God gave men and women free will, and as soon as Adam and Eve sinned, humanity has been separated from God and darkness has filled the earth.

But thank God this place is not our home. We were made for a heavenly realm where there are no tears, no sorrow, no hatred. And we will one day enter in that place of peace through believing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who bore our sin upon himself and gave us His righteousness to be called sons and daughters of the Most High God.

I don’t know why God allows some things to happen, but I do know that this too shall be made right. Justice will be served, and one day He will come to reclaim this world for his own and Goodness will reign forever.

May the God of peace comfort the homes of Newtown, and may we honor the memory of these lives by loving each other.