Over the past week, a lot of people have given thoughts and opinions concerning the terrorist attack in Paris. I have read encouraging words from pastors and Christian bloggers who point us to Christ and the hope of the Gospel, but others have pointed a finger at the very Lord they reject. In situations like this, the questions of God, good and evil are always brought up. It seems that people will inevitably question the power, goodness or even the existence of God. We know from scripture, though, that evil is always present, and people will grow more and more evil (Matthew 24:12). People are evil, but Jesus is still sovereign, and literally “in Him, all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).
The Psalmist asks the question, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?”(Psalm 2:1). The hope we are given is that God is not defeated when evil seems to prevail and people plot against Him and the work of The Gospel. I am hopeful, and even in the midst of pain and suffering, I am confident that Christ is still in power and there will be a day when no more evil and suffering exist. I am thankful for this truth, and in moments like these, I look forward to that day.