God is the creator of the universe that longs for us to know him. That’s why we’re all here. It is his desire that we trust, experience his strength, love, justice, kindness and compassion. Then he says to everyone who is willing: “come to me” .
Unlike us, God knows what will happen tomorrow, next week, next year, next decade. He says: “I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning.” (Isaiah 46: 9) He knows what will happen in the world. Most importantly, he knows what will happen in your life and can help you, if you have chosen to include him in your life. He tells us that he can be “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of difficulty.” (Psalm 46: 1) But we must make a sincere effort to seek him. He says, “You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
This is not to say that those who know God will escape difficult times. They will not escape. When a terrorist attacks, causes suffering and death, those who know God will be involved in that suffering as well, but with them there is a peace and strength that the presence of God gives. One of Jesus’ followers put it this way: “on all sides we are pressured, but not discouraged, we are perplexed, but not desperate, we are persecuted, but not abandoned; slaughtered, but not destroyed. ”(2nd Corinthians 4: 8-9) Reality tells us that we will experience problems in life.
However, if we pass by them while we know God, we can react to them with a different perspective and with a strength that is not ours. No problem has the capacity to be too huge for God. He is bigger than all the problems that can hit us, and we are not left alone to deal with them.
God’s word tells us: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of difficulty. He cares for those who trust in him ”(Nahum 1: 7) and, “ The Lord is close to all who call on him, to all who sincerely call on him. He fulfills the wishes of those who fear him; hear them scream for help and save them. ” (Psalm 145: 18-19)
Jesus Christ said these comforting words to his followers: “Don’t two sparrows be sold for a penny? However, none of them fall to the ground without your Father’s consent. Even the hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows! ” (Matthew 10: 24-31) If you truly turn to God, he will take care of you as no one else does, and in a way that no one else can.
Our Free Will
God created humanity with the ability to choose. This means that we are not forced into a relationship with him. It allows us to reject it and allows us to do bad acts in the same way. He could force us to be kind. He could force us to be good. But then what kind of relationship would we have with him? It would not be a relationship at all, but a forced and absolutely controlled obedience. Instead, He gave us the human dignity of free will.
Naturally, we cry from the bottom of our souls … “but God, how could you let something of this magnitude happen?”
How would we like Him to act? Do we want Him to control people’s actions? In the case of dealing with terrorist attacks, what could be a possibly acceptable number of deaths for God to allow ?! Would we feel better if God only allowed the murder of hundreds? Would we feel better if God only allowed one person to die? Even if God avoids the death of a person, there is no longer freedom of choice. People choose to ignore God, defy God, live in their own way and commit horrible acts against others.
This planet is not a safe place: someone can shoot at us, or we can get hit by a car, or we can jump out of a building attacked by terrorists. Any number of things can happen to us right now, in this harsh environment called Earth, the place where God’s will is not always followed.
Even more, God is not at the mercy of people, on the contrary, we are at his mercy, fortunately. This is the God who created the universe with its countless stars, simply by speaking the words: “Let there be light in the firmament of heaven(Genesis 1:14) ; this is the God who says that he “reigns over the nations” (Psalm 47: 8); He is limitless in power and wisdom. Although the problems seem too huge for us, we have an incredibly capable God who reminds us: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.
Is there anything too difficult for me? ” (Jeremiah 32:27) In some way, He is able to maintain the freedom of sinful men, and still make his will prevail. God clearly says:“My advice will prevail, and I will fulfill my whole purpose.” (Isaiah 46:11) And we can get comfort if our lives are submitted to Him, “God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” (James 4: 6)
Where is God Now?
Many of us – no, all of us – sometimes choose to deviate from God and his ways. Compared to others, to a terrorist for example, we may even consider ourselves respectable and loving people, but honestly if we have to face God, we will come across the knowledge of our sin. As we begin to direct our prayers to God, are we not surprised, paralyzed by the sense that God knows our thoughts, actions and self-centeredness well? We have, with our lives and actions, distanced ourselves from God. We have generally lived as if we could live our lives very well without Him. The Bible says that “All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned in his own way.” (Isaiah 53: 6)
Its consequences? Our sin separates us from God, which affects more than our life here and now. The penalty for our sin is death, or eternal separation from God, however, God has provided a way for us to be forgiven and to know him.
Inner strength through the love of God
God came to earth to rescue us. “For God so loved the world, that he sent his only-begotten son so that everyone who believes in him may not appear, but have eternal life. For God sent the son into the world, not to condemn the world, but so that the world could be saved through him. ” (John 3: 16-17)
God knows the pain and suffering we encounter in this world. Jesus left the comfort and security of his home, and entered the harsh environment in which we live. Jesus grew tired, experienced hunger and thirst, suffered accusations from others and was banished by family and friends. But Jesus experienced much more than daily difficulties. Jesus, the Son of God in human form, willingly took on all sin and paid our death penalty: “We know the love in this, that he gave his life for us.” (1 John 3:16) He went through torture, dying a death of slow and humiliating suffocation on the cross, so that we could be forgiven.
Jesus told others in advance that he would be crucified. He said that three days after his death, he would return to life proving that He is God. He didn’t say he would ever be reincarnated (Who knew if he really did that?). He said that, three days after being buried, he would appear physically alive to those who saw his crucifixion. On that third day, Jesus’ tomb was found empty and many people testified that they saw him.
Now, He offers us eternal life. We don’t deserve it; it is a gift from God offered to us, which we receive when we invite him into our lives. “The gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ.” (Romans 6:23) If we repent of our sin and turn to God, we can have the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. It is quite simple: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his son. Whoever has the child has life, whoever does not have the child of God, does not have life. ” (1 John 5:12) He wants to come into our lives.
Inner strength through God’s plan
What about heaven? The Bible says that God “put a longing for eternity in the heart of man.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Perhaps that means that we know, in our hearts, what a better world would be like. The death of the people we love convinces us that there is something very wrong with this life and this world. Somewhere in the depths of our souls, we know that there must be a better place to live, free from distressing difficulties and pain. Rest assured, God does have a better place, which He himself offers us.
There will be a completely different system in which your will is done all the time. In this world, God will wipe every tear from the eyes of his people. There will be no more sadness, crying, death or pain(Revelation 21: 8). And God, by his Spirit, will remain in people in such a way that they will never sin again (Revelation 21:27; Corinthians 15:28)
The events of the terrorist attack in the USA are horrible enough. To refuse an eternal relationship with God, which Jesus offers you, would be much worse. Not only in the light of eternal life, but there is no relationship that can compare to knowing God in this life. He is our purpose in life, our source of comfort, our wisdom in times of confusion, our strength and hope. “Prove and see that you are good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34: 8)
Some say that God is only a support for the weak, but it is likely that He is the only one who can be trusted.
Jesus said: “I leave you peace, my peace I give you, not as the world gives you. Do not disturb your heart or be frightened. ” (John 14:27)
For those who have trusted Jesus during their lives, He says it’s like building your life on a rock. Whatever crisis that attacks you in this life, He can keep you strong.
Inner strength through the Son of God
You can receive Christ right now . ”However, to those who received him, to those who believed in his name, He gave them the right to become children of God. “ (John 1:12) It is through Jesus Christ that we can return to God. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me.” (John 14: 6) Jesus offered: “Behold, I am at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Right now you can invite God to come into your life. You can do this through prayer. Prayer means talking honestly with God. At this point, you can speak to God by saying sincerely something like this:
“God, I have distanced myself from you in my heart, but I want to change that, I want to know you, I want to receive Jesus Christ and his forgiveness in my life. I don’t want to be separated from you anymore; be the God of my life from this day forward. Thanks God”.
Did you just sincerely invite God to come into your life now? If so, you have a lot to look forward to. God promises to make your current life the greatest satisfaction as you get to know Him. (John 10:10)
Where is God? He promises to make his home with you (John 14:23). And he gives you eternal life (1 John 5: 11-13). No matter what happens in the world around you, God can be there for you. Although people do not follow God’s ways, God is able to take horrible circumstances and make his plan happen anyway. God is completely in control of the events of the world. If you are from God, then you can rest on the promise that “We know that God works in all things for the good of those who love him, of those who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Jesus Christ said: “I leave you my peace; I give you my peace, I do not give it as the world gives it; nothing disturbs your heart. In this world, you will have afflictions, yet have courage. I won the world. ” (John 14:27 and 16:33) He promises to never leave or abandon us. (Hebrews 13: 5)
For you to grow in the knowledge of God and his will for your life, read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible.