In light of recent, horrific events in Paris, it was suggested that I write a little regarding the topic of “where is God in all of this.”
I believe the first and most important ideal that we must understand is that God never intended for us to have to deal with hatred or death. God created mankind in His perfect image of love (only in emotion, not in physical appearance as God is a spirit and not a body). He then gave us the gift of a free spirit so that we could decide which direction to go. It was mankind that chose to follow a different path which brought in imperfection, shame, sin, and death. (See Genesis 3) What we often forget about (or intentionally leave out) is that at the end of God cursing mankind for their disobedience, He immediately offered provision (Genesis 3:21 and 22).
This tells me that God is love and always wants to provide for us. The rest of the Old Testament is all about God’s hope of redemption for His people. He continually gave us second and third chances and equipped men and women as leaders. His simple message through the whole Bible is “Come back to me, trust me, I want to be with you and to bless you.”
It’s hard to remember this when we are faced with the horrible destruction that is in the world today, but remember that Jesus prepared us for these things. In John chapter 14, Jesus reminded us that He would not leave us comfortless. When we remember that God is love and that He James 1:13 says “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone” meaning that there is an evil, spiritual force in this world who’s only motivation is to pull us away from a loving God. GOD DID NOT DO THIS, EVIL PEOPLE DID! God should not be blamed for something which mankind, equipped with a free spirit, made the selfish decision to do.
John 16:33 says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Please know that I am not trying to diminish the loss of those families. My heart does go out to everyone effected by this tragedy and I will continue to pray that this spirit of hatred will be broken.