Things Like That Just Shouldn’t Happen

If you’re anything like me, you groan when you read the headlines on your news feed every morning. Or maybe the bad news is closer to home, like when you hear your children screaming at each other again…or recognize yet again the unbelief and selfishness in your own heart. Even at its best, this world is rife with terrible, heartbreaking, evil wickedness, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better.

You don’t need to be a great theologian to know that this place we’re living in is broken. By God’s common grace we don’t usually see how terrible it is…until someone decides to fire a machine gun into a crowd or mows down families celebrating a holiday.  This shouldn’t happen.

This place we’re living in is broken.

It’s not like it should be.

            As Christians, do we have an answer to all this brokenness? Sure, we should do everything we can to help the hurting, pass just laws, bring peace and reconciliation here. But no matter what we do, we’re not going to change this place into the place we’re longing for: A place where peace and righteousness dwells.

In our desperation and hopelessness, the only hope we have is that a day is coming when everything will finally be made right. When we step off into heaven and to live eternally on a New Earth—our Home to come–everything will be as it should be. We won’t worry about terror or crying or death or pain there. Every tear will be wiped away by His nail-scarred hand.

We need the hope of heaven right now.

I need the hope of heaven right now.

Don’t you?


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3 Replies to “Things Like That Just Shouldn’t Happen”

  1. We just had dear brother in Christ/Missionary we support, son committed suicide. What’s some wisdom from scripture about a believer who commits murder on themselves can they still enter into glory ? And hope some hope to give the parents who lost there loved one ?

    1. Sorry ,I meant to put ,what’s some Hope and comfort to give the family . Some times I think just weep with those who weep.

    2. I’m so sorry for your loss. “Grieving a Suicide” by David Powlison (New Growth Press) should be helpful. My book, “A Steadfast Heart” might assist too, though not specifically about suicide; also “Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings” might be helpful as well. Elyse

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