Where is God during tragic times? Why does it seem like God has gone into a hidden place when evil rears it's ugly head? I wonder how many people wake up each morning and think that their lives would come to a bitter end?
I was deeply saddened by the tragic event that took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University last Monday morning. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families as well as the entire nation that may have been affected by this horrific act of confusion. The young man was deeply disconnected from reality; decided that he had no hope and ended many lives along with his own. We ask ourselves; WHERE WAS GOD???
Well, God was present but not welcomed. We have constantly excluded God from many areas of the U.S. and our world. Some cultures believe that humankind simply evolved and that no Higher Power dictates our lives and believe the humankind will judge one another. Therefore, what CAN we expect from God in Satan's domain? Psalms 91:1 reads..He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almight. If we trust God, he will be our refuge and we may seek his protection in times of spiritual and physical danger. There are some things we must go through in order to increase our faith, growth and trust in The One who created everything.
Anything that can happen, is bound to happen and we are too often caught by surprise and ill-prepared. My question is; if God is not welcomed, what can we as believers and non-believers expect when tragic hits? We've pushed God out of our schools and government, our homes and places we frequent. Instead of Merry Christmas, we use Happy Holidays. God has been excluded or disenfranchised numerous ways but we expect for God to act immediately to our needs.
We constantly and continuously tell God no, you are not welcomed here; no God, we don't need You unless it's convenient for our welfare??? Go away God, I'm doing just fine for now. So, what is God to do when humankind is given free-will to serve him but elects not??? We tie up God's hands then ask God to open them and help when tragedy comes. It is not right nor is it fair to place God on this yo-yo of life then jerk his chain when we need help. It doesn't work that way. God is a just God and a jealous God; and wants us to serve Him and only Him! You can't serve two masters...can't straddle the fence...this day I want God but tomorrow I want the world. No, no, no!
God is the Ultimate Power. No other source can beat or match the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God of all humankind. Genesis 1:1 says in the beginning, God created the heavens and earth. "Well, if God is the beginning then who do you think will have the last Word?"
The Enemy may tempt us to think that he has great power but that power will not be able to withstand the ultimate power of our Father.
As Jesus taught us to pray, let us pray to Our Father, our Heavenly Parent who dwells in the heavens and on earth. God is real! He lives for evermore! Whether some choose to believe or not, God IS God.
If you say to God, leave me alone, then God will leave you alone but he will never let you go. He will simply wait until you decide to live fully and completely for him. When you are ready to come home with God, he will open his arms and say, welcome back my child I've been waiting for you.
God is not a spirit without compassion, grace and love. God IS love and love allowed God to send Jesus to take the place of ALL sin. The One who gives life - takes life as HE sees fit. We may not always agree with the method but in the end, the purpose will speak for itself.
It is my prayer that each one will reach one then teach one about the truth, which resides with the Living God. Amen!
Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
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