“Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?” – Ezekiel 33:11
Just remember, this is the voice of the Father of love, mercy and goodness, pleading with us not to go on headstrong in the ways of the world. “Evil ways” correspond to “his ways” earlier in the verse. In other words, our way is the evil way in God’s sight when we are opposed to him and his will. Such is the appeal of God to us… the appeal from his heart to ours: to allow him to do a mighty work of changing within us, patiently, step by step, habit by habit, until our lives are turned to his praise and glory.
The fact that God is good does not mean that He will protect us from all suffering. Rather, it meant that He will be with us in our suffering, and accomplish His good purposes through it. Certainly, we live in an uncertain world, but in the face of uncertainly, we must remember that we trust in a sovereign God. When everything around you seems to fall apart, when the world around you fails; yes, even when terrorist attack; know this one thing, God loves you. I urge each of us to be in prayer continually that we as a nation and as a world will be able to heal our wounds and the families of the thousands of victims in this tragedy will find comfort.
Be thankful today for your salvation.
Be thankful in the midst of all our world difficulties.
And be thankful that Christ and His love is the great foundation of your life and your personal relationship with God is truly the only safe place you can be. May we all dedicate and recommit our lives to our Christian faith and to Christ today.