Greeting In The Name Of The Lord:
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
From a mere human standpoint the events in Boston, with the bombs exploding at the finish of the Boston Marathon, leave us shocked and bewildered. How could anyone set a bomb to explode and kill innocent people? Why would anyone deliberately set explosives that could injury unsuspecting people at a sporting event? These and many other questions go unanswered. However, even though we are shocked, we really shouldn’t be surprised. As Jeremiah so clearly states, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how had it is?” Scripture bluntly tells us that without Jesus we are all lost. Another one of the Major Prophets, Isaiah, tells us, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own…” (Is. 53:6, NLT). Events like what happened at the Boston Marathon should leave us stunned and saddened, but we really shouldn’t be all that surprised. Things like this have always happened from ancient time to our modern day. People look at situations like this and ask, “Where was God?” My response to that question was that He was right there. They want to ask why God didn’t stop this from happening. Yet they never consider that maybe God was there keeping even more people from being injured or killed. Furthermore, they don’t consider that maybe God allows things like this to bring out the best in us. Tragedy tends to bring out the Good Samaritan in all of us. Yet, and more importantly, they forget that we bring this upon ourselves by rejecting the love and grace that God offers us in Jesus. Should we be shocked? Of course we should be, but we really shouldn’t be disappointed.