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<< From His Heart, by Pastor Jeff Schreve

From His Heart - Week of Apr. 20

  • 2007 Apr 20


God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. 
Psalm 46:1

The atrocities experienced on the Virginia Tech campus are hard for any of us to fathom.  Naturally, our saddened hearts and bewildered minds begin to question: How could someone do what that man did?  Why did it happen?  Where was God? 

When questions like this plague our thoughts – questions that do not seem to have a palatable answer – it is good to remind ourselves of important, foundational truths:

1. We will in a fallen, sinful world.  The devil is actively working to steal, kill and destroy.  Bad things do happen to good people… life is not fair… and God does not always intervene to keep us from heartache and heartbreak.    

2. God is sovereign and in control.  Even when it does not seem like it, God is still on His throne.  Not a sparrow falls to the ground unless He allows it.    

3. God’s ways are not our ways.  The Lord does things and allows things to happen that we do not understand.  So what do we do with our hurts and our questions?  As the songs says, “And when you don’t understand, when you can’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand, you trust His heart.”  Regardless of all the bad that may befall us, one thing is for certain: the love of God.  The cross proves that He loves us.  Nothing comes into your life our mine unless it first filters through His fingers of love.   

4. God takes the bad and works it together for good for those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).  No matter how much evil the devil and sinful men can do, God can field it all… and turn it around for good.  The prayer vigils going around all over the country are evidence of something very good coming out of something very bad.  It may be that God uses this devastating tragedy to turn our nation back to Jesus Christ, as we see how desperately we need Him. 

In tragedies like this one, we need to pray for the families and all those directly affected by the shootings.  We need to make sure we do not blame God or let our hearts get bitter… for that only hurts us in the long run.  We need to continue to trust the good heart and plan of God.  And we need to remind ourselves that life is indeed a fragile thing.  No one has the promise of tomorrow.  We need to live everyday for Jesus Christ, “making the most of the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).


Jeff Schreve
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Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas.  He and his wife Debbie have been married for almost 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. 

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