206 - CopyThere are things that happen in our lives and in this world that seem unfair, that we don’t understand, that are horrific, that make no sense in our brains, in our eyes or in our hearts. We throw God out of our schools and then wonder why He won’t help us. We cling to our vices and then look to heaven, wondering, asking…Why?

Who are we to approach a sovereign God, asking Him to explain Himself? We are the creation…He is the Creator. God offers us unconditional love…He asks only for unconditional faith in return.

God owes us nothing, yet has given us everything. He asks us to trust Him, to have faith in Him. We barely do that. He gives us a free will to choose to love Him…to trust Him…to believe Him by faith…He is waiting still.  

We don’t need to be questioning God…we need to be questioning ourselves. We don’t need to be standing up asking for justice, we need to be on our knees asking for mercy. God hasn’t failed…we have; as individuals, as a society and as a nation.

Suddenly they came upon two blind men sitting alongside the road. When they heard it was Jesus passing, they cried out, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!”The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!” (Matthew 20:30-31 The Message)

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  1. Steven Sawyer

    Thank you, my friend. I love this thought of yours. It is so very true: We don’t need to be standing up asking for justice, we need to be on our knees asking for mercy. Amen. Amen. Amen.

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  3. I agree with your comments…we need mercy for ourselves, and we need to extend mercy to those around us. Who among us can cast a stone? ~ Sheila

  4. God will bring healing and comfort if we let Him…the more we learning this young man was not a monster just a lost soul, lost in spirit and lost in government red tape. Imagine if he was able to get the help years ago a tragedy could have been avoided.

  5. Susan Michaels

    My heart has been broken over the Newtown tragedy…I have had to stand silently apart…and pray. So I say, ‘Amen’. God is such an honest communicator and I see the same in His good servant, Butch’s writings. Thank you for this message, and as God agrees and says, “If my people, called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray…I will HEAL their land…” (Lord, help us by Your great grace to follow Your ways which are much higher than our own).

  6. Our government can’t move in synch with human healing. God’s house can.

  7. Sovereignty, grace, and love; a divine trio.
    Our three-fold response: faith, hope, love.

  8. Excellent thoughts, Butch. I always appreciate your wisdom in such such bite size chunks. Not like me. I get carried away and when I look up I’ve got a novelette on my hands. We’ve had a huge setback today, but we aren’t asking God why. We are trusting Him to guide us in our next steps. We are leaving the results up to Him.Thank you for the affirmation. God bless you.

  9. Unconditional love for unconditional faith. Amen
    Blessings ~ Maxi

  10. Your wisdom never ceases to amaze me. We do need to be asking for mercy and not answers or justice. We need to be asking where can we join Jesus in His work so that others may know Him. People will and are going to turn this into political agendas when we need to “humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

  11. Do you think the prayer service helped last night?

    • Bonnie and I watched the memorial prayer service and there is no doubt in our minds that Newtown was lifted up by the prayers offered and the remarks made. The “Why” of this tragedy will never be understood…but for an evening, everyone laid down their differences and came together, demonstrating “a peace that passes all understanding.”

      • Thank you for your response. I reject the thought that this young man was evil. Yes, he murdered these innocent children but does this in and of itself make him evil or is it that he was seriously out of touch with reality. I am not trying to gloss over what he did, just that I am tired of hearing him called evil.

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