Last Thursday, 30 year old Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III was killed as he tried to stop a robbery from happening. He leaves behind 2 sons, 1 and 9 years old.
Our city deeply mourns.
I have been wondering how the news of their dad’s senseless death was explained to the 2 little boys.
Why did God allow for this tragedy to happen? An honorable man was putting himself in harm’s way to protect others–why did God not send an army of angels to deflect the bullets that came at his head and chest?
Seeing God’s providence in our blessings is not difficult, but how about in our suffering?
Where is God’s providence as we lose a loved one to untimely death?
How does God provide in our broken relationships with a brother or sister?
How does God provide when we lose our means to provide for our family?
Our hearts break. We clench our fists and raise them at God.
He has mercy on us and lets us lament.
And in His great grace, He allows for our clenched fists to open. He gives us the desire, the eyes, and the understanding to see and know His presence in these difficult times. As we press into Him, He gives us just what we so desperately need—He gives us more of Him.
Suffering allows us to experience God in a very special way—there is an intimacy that develops when we go through difficulties, with God. We see and feel His tender care for us in a unique way.
These are particularly painful times–let’s hold tight to God.