About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” (Luk 13:1-5 NLT)
I have some questions this morning. I believe in God. I believe that He has a plan. But I wish I knew what it was, even just sometimes.
I would like to ask God why He took a 11 year old boy, but left us with the evil men in this world. But I cannot on. I have name a few that He should have taken instead, but He didn’t ask me my opinion.
Instead, I have to read His word and settle for it – and grow because of it, and be strengthened in it.
This morning, as we met in God’s cathedral, we read the above the passage. People live, people die – not because they are good or bad, just or unjust, but because they are in God’s sovereign plan. I am assured of the young man’s place with God, so there is no torment there, but it is still a rough piece.
I have taught the young man in Sunday School class, and last summer, during our camping trip, I got to teach him how to swim. He was a good hearted young man, and without question, will be missed. His grandparents are salt of the earth. He is survived – can you call it that – by his parents, his grandparents, and his little sister, who was with him on the ATV.
We will pray for that family daily, hourly, and without ceasing, and we will pray for the pastor who has to preside over the funeral of this young man, who he baptized.