This week, in listening to a local radio sportscaster commenting on the recent tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine precious people, the sportscaster made the comment “God works in mysterious ways.” This is all too often the comment that you hear after tragic events. Why is it that God gets blamed for tragedy or devastation because nothing could be farther from the truth? Many times, people are simply at a loss for words at times like this and don’t really know what to say. But mostly, it is lack of knowledge of who God is. Because anyone who has a relationship with God and who knows the Word of God knows that God isn’t the cause of tragedy or for that matter of sickness or disease. But remember that there is an enemy of mankind who is the god (little g) of this world and he is called the devil or Satan. And there is nothing mysterious about him. His motive is clear: steal, kill and destroy! If you have or are facing tragedy or illness, know that God is not the cause or source of it – He is your hope and your comfort. Our prayer for the families of those lost is that God will mend their broken hearts and rescue their crushed spirits. God is not the source of your trial. But He is the One who can see you through it.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. 19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:18-19 (NLT)
3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (NLT)
0 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)
4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22 (NLT)