In April of 2011, the United States had the largest outbreak of tornadoes in its history with over 358 tornadoes recorded. On April 27 of that year, the city of Tuscaloosa Alabama was struck by one of those tornadoes; a massive F4 that had a width of over a mile and a half with winds that were estimated to be over 190 miles per hour. One could only imagine the devastation a force such as that could cause. Indeed once the tornado had run its course, over 40 lives would have been lost, and hundreds suffering from multiple injuries.
A few weeks after the storm, the news continued to show pictures of the devastation and give eyewitness accounts of that day. I remember seeing a row of businesses and how each one had been leveled and thinking of what about the abortion clinic? Did it get leveled?
I did some browsing and the abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa was still standing. “Of all the places in town for an “act of God” to occur, this is what survived.
The hardest pill to swallow is that God is sovereign, which is not a name for Him, but a fact. It is easy if you just see Him sovereign over just natural disasters, but if we are to truly see Him as a sovereign God, He must be sovereign over everything. That includes the evil actions of men and the murder of children through abortion.
As Creator and Ruler of the universe, everything is subject to His will. If God is able to speak all into existence, able to split the Red Sea for His people to cross, and to do far more wonders, I have to say that if He were to decree that no babies were to be murdered ever again by abortion, it would be done.
My only answer that why such an evil is committed by men as of that of the murder of babies, is that God has His reasons.
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? “ Romans 11:34
God’s word reminds us of many accounts where He has done things that if reading for the first time, may have left us with our hands on our foreheads saying, “What is He doing?” The bigger picture always reveals God’s perfect purpose and plan. Take note briefly in the book of Exodus.
Here we are given the account of Moses; a man called by God to deliver the nation of Israel out of Egypt from the hand of slavery. As the word of God reads, Moses goes and confronts Pharaoh, tells him all that God has instructed him to say. Pharaoh would listen and allow him to go till God would harden his heart and he would change his mind and deny Moses the right to leave. God would them place each time one of a number of plagues upon him and his people.
Why would God instruct Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go, then harden his heart so that he would deny what Moses was asking?
We read much later in Israel's history, under the leadership of Joshua. Spies have been sent into Jericho. They encounter the prostitute Rahab who tells them how the fear of the Israelites had fallen over all in the land, for that had heard all the Lord had done leading them out of Egypt, and to the kings beyond the Jordan, Joshua 2:8-10. The bigger picture reveals that all that God had done, the plagues, the hardening of Pharaohs heart had struck fear into the many Israel would later conquer.
Note as well the story of Job and consider too, that if any of us have ever looked at our life and thought we faced a great calamity, one must only look at Job’s life and see how minor ours begin to appear. The book begins with a conversation between God and Satan. The first chapter tells us that God introduced His servant Job to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fearsGod and turns away from evil?“
Satan then responds by telling God to “stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has and he will curse you to Your face.”
God then – not responding to Satan’s challenge, but places all that Job has in Satan’s’ hand, all except his life. Satan then departs the presence of the Lord and we read how all of Jobs servants were struck down by the Sabeans, Chaldeans, and fire from heaven; how Job lost all his livestock, and not to mention, all of his children, all in one day. Job 1:1-11
Here and in events that take place around us today, We must not forget that as Christians who trust in a God who is completely and undeniably sovereign over all creation, we can only find comfort when we look and we see the evil actions of men, actions such with the murder of babies through abortion, because His word shows us, just like in the few accounts I have mentioned. That it is not Satan in control of this world, but a holy and just God. Satan to often given to much credit. As my pastor puts it, “Satan is just a dog on a leash that can only go as far as God allows him.”
Consider who brought Job up first, not Satan. Who placed all that Job possessed in the hand of Satan, all but his life? Who gave permission to send the Sabeans , Chaldeans, and the fire from heaven? The Lord God.
“The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. “ Proverbs 16:4
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:1
“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:35
The reason I write this is not to relinquish our responsibility to begin with to labor to save souls and rescue babies from abortion. By no means is that my intent! I find it more motivating and a grace of sorts that I am not the one in control of how many babies are murdered/saved or how many will perish to hell. Why I will weep and plead with the sinner at the clinic or the street corner, I have to rest that God is sovereign and works all things according to His good will and pleasure. Philippians 2:13
Knowing this should not diminish our desires or passions to reach the lost grounds where the sinner may roam, but increase it without number. Because as we trust in Him and His word, it is there we obey and do all things for the glory of God, even if no babies are saved and not one sinner repents. Our motivation rest not on our results, but on God. So go my friend, stand at an abortion clinic, find a sinner somewhere, and trust in God and no magic words or phrases to save the souls and babies. And do so for no purpose than for His glory alone.
Light the darkness,
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