Today in Boston, Massachusetts, someone or a group of people chose to detonate bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Someone woke up this morning knowing that today would be the day that he or she would kill or maim innocent people who, at least as far as we know, had never even met the bomber(s). Someone took the time to plan this, to choose materials, construct a bomb, put it in place, etc. Why? People like you and me, we can’t understand the mindset of someone who would set out to do such a thing. There are so many questions and no satisfying answers.
I certainly don’t have any answers but here’s what I’ve observed over the years: we live in an imperfect world. Bad things happen, and they happen to everyone: rich or poor, young or old, Believer or unbeliever. We raise our fists skyward and declare that life is just not fair. Being born again does not in any way constitute a Teflon shield against the unjustness of the world.
And as we have been reminded today, as if we could ever forget, evil exists in this world. Until Christ comes back, there will be evil in the world, and occasionally evil will strike a blow that brings us to our knees. But when we fall to our knees that’s our chance to tap into the best defense we have: opening the lines of communication between us and the Father.
But I have good news. Friends, take heart because it will not always be this way. Evil may win a skirmish here and there, but I know Who wins this war. You see, I’ve read the end of the story and Good ultimately triumphs over evil in the most decisive of ways. And that gives me the strength to keep living in a world that seems to be falling apart.
I will continue to pray for the people of Boston and those affected by this tragedy, and indeed all of us.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.