Friday, January 16, 2009

The Same Question

Name any national or international tragedy—9/11, the 2004 Tsunami, Columbine, the bridge collapse in Minneapolis – people always end up asking the same question…Why? Why did 9/11 have to happen? Or even more pointedly, why did God allow this to happen? In tragedy, it seems, people immediately begin to question the goodness of God.

We should, however, be asking the same question about yesterday’s miraculous plane landing. Everyone on board the plane is safe and injuries are few. So the question is, why did God allow this to happen? Reports can be read on how rare a successful water crash landing is. So why did God allow each person on board to be saved? Could we really argue that each person on board that plane is so morally righteous and good that they deserved to live? The Bible doesn’t speak in that language. The Bible says that all have sinned and thus all deserve death. So then I ask again, why did God spare those 155 people? The answer is clear: because of God’s grace. Because God is full of mercy and love. God was under no obligation to guide that plane to safety, yet in his mercy he did. Further, God was under no obligation to send his only son to die in our stead. To live a life we could not live and die a death we should have died. It is purely his grace that saved that plane and it is purely his grace that saves sinners.

So what should be our response to yesterday’s miracle? Praise for the pilot? Sure. Praise for the captains of the ferry boats? Sure. Most of all though, we should be praising our great God and King who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:6)

1 comment:

Nathan said...

preach preacher...grace and mercy are sweetness from our great God and King