“While they were worshipping the Lord, the Holy Spirit set Barnabas and Paul to work” Acts 13:2.
At one time in the history of humankind, the Lord God, through the teaching of The Holy Spirit, directed humankind to do work that was set aside for them. The book of Acts in the thirteenth chapter tells us that God’s work on earth was to select several to teach and preach God’s will and truth to all people, especially those who were searching. The Bible is our wonderful book for it tells of God’s hand upon humankind, teaching and revealing God’s holy will for all to learn and follow. What went so wrong for so many in that horrendous killing last Saturday night? Looking in from the outside, it appears that nothing went right. Certainly God’s Word, His Way, His Love, was nowhere to be found in that lost night. For too many, God’s angels of love were not called upon to lead and direct those who needed to be saved from the force of evil.
Tell me Peter, (Saul) Paul, John if you can, what caused the terrible destruction of life, the waste and suffering, in the killing of people who were not fulfilling the commitment and faith which The Lord and Creator has given? What say you? Do you have any knowledge and insight into such an unbelievable night of taking life away from so many? Was this horrible, unbelievable, pitiful suffering of the gift of life, the fulfillment of the Word of God! God has given humankind the blessing of free-will and expects faithful good works as only we choose. But, wanton and unmerciful use of our blessing of free-will will never be accepted by our Creator, the giver of every good and perfect gift.
The sacredness of life should never to be forgotten or ignored. This gift of life is precious and is given by The Heavenly Father who made us. How we make use of this divine gift reveals how we honor and worship the One who made us, who gave us this opportunity to make good use of it. We all were given the opportunity to grow in stature and in wisdom. Every one of us was given the ability to nurture and make good use of this of life, to do good and not misuse. WE were also blest with Jesus, God’s Son, to learn from, to devote our life to do good as He did.
Truly, what evil that is in a man’s heart, nobody knows. What happened Saturday night to the sacred gift of human life, without any regard, just taken away? Who can explain it, who can tell you why? “Fools give you reasons, wise men never try” so the song of long ago is brought back to memory. For me the answer is found in the wisdom of faith given in our headed verse, for this is the answer, the only answer, to our questioning: “While they were WORSHIPPING the Lord, the Holy Spirit said.” Come to me all who are troubled and I will give you rest to your mind and soul. God loves us, protects us and keeps us as we worship Him and live faithfully in His Love.
Lord God, we are all suffering as any of Your children suffer. We pray as all suffer may they and us be comforted in Your Holy Love, we ask in Christ’s name. Amen.