Summary: In tragedy we need a word from the "Great I AM"
The Sunday after Columbine I began my sermon with the question: “WHY?”
Today I want to respond to Tuesday’s tragedy with “What now?”
One of the things that I want to affirm today:
God was not ringing his hands over what happened on Tuesday.
He was not at a loss for words like were—He Has a WORD for us today.
He is still on His throne.
He is still the Great “I AM.”
The title, “I am,” is more than a name that God called himself. “I Am” speaks of the unsearchableness of God.
As much as the rubble in Manhattan may seem unsearchable, eventually every brick will be overturned. However, the God of the Bible (Not Ala) will never be known completely. Our finite minds just couldn’t handle it. “His ways are higher than our ways.”
Still, God does have a response to what has happened. It is vital that we know some things about Him because those things will bring us strength as we navigate the days ahead. When we wonder “what now” we need to remember “I AM”
God’s response to Humanity
In His Authority we must go forward.
John 4:13 (quickview) , “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
We can allow this blanket of hate to hide our eyes from the Holy One or we can allow this blackness to become a piece of velvet that displays the diamond of God’s love more clearly.
It is up against the backdrop of hate that love is most distinct.
God’s response to Hostility
Hate for Christ (and for those who follow Christ) is not a new concept.
Folks, we are in good company!
God’s response to Hysteria (Jesus walking on water)
When we don’t know what to think God gives us wisdom.
When we are afraid, Jesus is with us and gives us the peace that passes all understanding.
When we feel alone we must remember that He never took his eye off of us.