“You speak as a foolish woman speaks,” he told her. “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?” Throughout all this Job did not sin in what he said. – Job 2:10
In the aftermath of all-too-common tragedies such as those that occurred in Columbine, Newtown, and Parkland many ask, “Why would God allow such things to happen?” Some attempted to give answers (we all seek them) but sadly, as evil pervades and godlessness increases, we will probably be seeking them again in the future. For my part, I do not attempt to answer for God. Why? He is more than capable of defending Himself. On the other hand, another question might need to be considered.
Why would “I” allow such a thing to happen?
Please understand that the question suggests placement of guilt at no other place than the feet of the perpetrator. At the same time, we all live in communities similar to those like Newtown. We all come in contact with our neighbors and coworkers … and none of us wants to weep in the wake of such a catastrophe wondering (much less knowing) we could have done more.
There is a reason God has placed you and kept you for this day. Be brave. Be available. Be light. This world … your world … in the blink of an eye … can be a very dark place in need of you to shine.
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. – Thomas Carlyle