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When The Innocent Perish
God does not punish the innocent for the sins of the guilty. Listen: ‘ …The son will not
share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son …’ (Ezekiel
18:20 NIV).
Leonard Pitts says, ‘In times of crisis, God has more spokespersons than Avon. Some
Lord I come to you
claim to know His mind as surely as if they had read His diary. What you discover is
with, ‘’Why did it
that these people have created God in their own image. They interpret Him according
happen?’ I know
to their biases and predispositions, attributing to Him their political party, motivations,
one day I will see
hatreds and even their timetable.’ God’s character never changes! On Mount Sinai,
the bigger picture
He introduced Himself as ‘merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in
goodness.’ If you’re used to thinking about Him any other way, change the way you think!
so, until then, I’ll
Jeremiah writes, ‘This I recall to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s
treasure the
great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every
question. Help
morning; great is Your faithfulness’ (Lamentations 3:21-23 NIV).
me not live in the
When Billy Graham was asked by family members of the Oklahoma City bombing
moments of lost
victims, ‘Why did God let this happen?’ he humbly replied, ‘I don’t know.’ Paul says, ‘We
friendship, help me
know in part …’ (1 Corinthians 13:9). Let’s not act as though we know more than we
to strengthen the
do! God stamps some things ‘will explain later.’ One thing you can be sure of, God’s too
friendships I have
wise to make a mistake and too good to do anything bad. So trust Him, He’s earned it!
and look forward to
making new friends
with people I don’t
Reach Out And Touch Somebody
yet know. Amen.
It’s easy to fall by the wayside and get run over without anybody ever noticing. You’re
afraid to ask for help in case somebody questions your experience with God. Refuse to
live that way!
Not reaching out to your brothers and sisters in Christ can: a) keep you vulnerable to
attack b) cut you off from your supply lines. Paul says, ‘...we were all given the one Spirit
to drink.’ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 NIV).
In wartime, enemies would lock their prisoners in ‘the hole’ for long periods. Without
physically abusing them, the darkness and isolation would break them down.
Sometimes church can feel like a dark, isolated place; especially when you’re hurting
and you don’t feel you can reach out for help. It’s fi lled with the greatest actors and
actresses of our time. In fact, if Hollywood needed extras, they’d fi nd them in the pews!
God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone.’ Why? Because we’re communal by
nature; we need to feel ‘connected.’ This applies not only to marriage and family, but to
other close relationships too.
We need people to talk to, laugh and interact with. When that doesn’t happen, we’re not
strengthened by receiving, and others aren’t blessed by giving.
A note of caution, however: a) never hold others in such high esteem that your fellowship
becomes idolatry b) never worship at the altar of their opinions in order to stay in their
good graces c) never be intimidated into being anyone other than the person God made
you. Having realised that, reach out; the help you need is available today.
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