School shootings. War. Famine. Poverty. Corruption. Terminal illnesses. We live in a world filled with pain, suffering, and evil. Where is God in all this? If God is truly a loving God, how can He allow these things to happen? Christians and non-Christians alike ask themselves these questions.
We don't want to admit our own part in evil, pain, or suffering. We don't want to admit when we could have helped alleviate someone's pain but we didn't. We don't want to admit that sometimes it feels almost good to shout, "Woe is me!" and gain sympathy from others.
We want God to rid the world of all evil, pain, and suffering. We want the easy answer. We want God to give us undeniable proof of His existence that is evident to everyone in the world. We want a reason for everything.
One of my favorite qualities of God is that He chooses to speak to each of us in our own way, whether it is through writing, spoken words, music, or some other method. I love music, and God often speaks to me through music.
My favorite Christian songwriter is Andrew Peterson. The way he can weave words together into musical stories is amazing, and it is clear to me that his lyrics are God-breathed.
In today's world of seemingly unending violence, one of his songs that has really spoken to me is After the Last Tear Falls. The song speaks to the evils of this world, and then reminds us of the truth in I Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (NIV)
After the last bullet tears through flesh and bone...
There is love...
After the last young husband sails off to join the war...
There is love...
I especially love the last part of the song:
And in the end....
We'll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms
Of the Giver of love and the Lover of all
In this fallen world, we know that life will never be perfect. We know that it is only after we meet our Lord and Savior in heaven that we will be without blemish or spot. We know that while here on earth we will suffer. We will not always know why we are suffering, but I know it is one way God to reveals Himself to us. In the end, there is His love; and that is enough to sustain me until my Father calls me home.
Song lyrics taken from After the Last Tear Falls Copyright 2006, Andrew Peterson
For the full lyrics, please visit http://www.andrew-peterson.com/lyrics.php?id=41
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