At least 30 people are dead, more than a hundred injured. All planes have been diverted as the airports remain closed. The metro station has been shut down and the majority of the persons there have been evacuated. In the midst of all this turmoil where can we find hope?
First of all I want to express condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the attacks. My prayers are with those who have been injured, I ask for them a speedy recovery.
When terrible things like this happen in the world, what are we supposed to think? How are we supposed to react? Do we still continue to believe that there's a loving God who watches over us?
In a word, yes.
We feel pain when these things happen. We weep over the loss of lives and marvel at the things that caused them to happen in the first place. How much more does God weep? For He created each and every person on this planet. He knows each of us intimately and by name.
He mourns the loss of lives even more intensely than the family members do because He sees beyond the present and knows the impact that each of us were created to have. He knows whether we've lived up to our potential or not. Why then does He allow it to happen?
The sin of our fore parents Adam & Eve have long-lasting repercussions. Even now we are still paying the penalty of sin. How easily we do what is wrong! A child is not taught to sin and yet he does.
We were not created to hate each other, but as we get older, we are socialized to highlight our differences. Differences which, instead of being celebrated become points of contention. Jehovah wants us to care for each other as He cares for us.
As much as He would like to swoop in like a helicopter parent and wipe all our cares away, He has to allow things to play out. He will answer us when we call on Him but we have to trust that the answer we receive is the best possible one.
"We are at war." said the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls after the Brussels attack. "We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war."
"It was a war scene" said an eyewitness. Matthew 24:6 tells us that we will hear of war and rumors of war. These are all signs that the end of the world is near and that Jesus will return to claim and reward those who loved him. This and other acts of this nature should remind us to "look up because our redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28)."
As we listen to persons tell their stories, we will see the hand of God working to save. Already there are two such accounts: one man said that his decision to buy a magazine saved his life as it meant he was not where he was supposed to be. Another man said that the a full elevator and a five minute delay in his train saved him.
The enemy manipulates situations for our destruction and uses them to demotivate us and distract us from Christ. But God is capable of using any situation for His glory.