Psalm 60:2 (NIV)
God, you have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
If God is a loving and kind God, why do bad things happen? If God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), why would we want to embrace his love? The list of hurts and pains in the world today are as long as the list of promises and the attributes of God’s goodness – perhaps more so in the minds of many. They conclude: the God of the Bible is not good; he is to be rejected.
But the terrible goodness of God is shown in Jesus on the cross. There the wrath of God was visited fully on God’s Son: The father even rejected and abandoned his Son in the time of his greatest need. But the Son did not abandon faith in the Father, for he knew and believed that God’s goodness, love, faithfulness, and mercy would be sustained. Three days later he was shown to be right.
The world is filled with signs of God’s judgment and man’s evil intent: people continue to be opposed to the way, truth, and life found only in Jesus; there are people in the world truly bent on destroying America; followers of Jesus Christ are being singled out for horrific torture, persecution, and death; mass suicide murders occur all too frequently; terribly bad things happen to genuinely good people.
But in the cross of Jesus all these injustices, all the evil, all the terrible tragedies of a fallen world were embraced by Jesus on the cross. God rules in his providential care and love over all people and all things. Not a bird drops to the ground apart from his will and knowledge. God is good and desires all people to be saved eternally and gloriously in the life of the world to come. God is just and punishes sin.
If we believe all this we will not only lament and weep at the terrible tragedies of life in this fallen world, we will call on God to mend the fractures of our lives as we strain ever forward to the life of the world to come, thanking God for his redemption, through our Lord Jesus Christ.