“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction (Hosea 13:14)?”
One minute you are enjoying an early spring evening in the mountains with a friend, and the next you are fighting for your life. This was young Christina Floyd’s experience.
Sitting at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, the high schooler turned to see her friend Tim Davis groaning and bleeding. He had been shot by an attacker, who then tried to toss Christina over a cliff. Fighting mightily for her life, Christina managed to escape the man with a shotgun and was picked up by a passing car. She survived, but her friend Tim died a few days later.
One minute you are working as a mechanic in a garage in Virginia. The next minute you are on an overlook shooting someone to death and trying to murder that person’s companion. When asked why you are doing this by the person you are seeking to kill, you tell them, “Because I’m crazy”. Ralph Leon Jackson allegedly was the perpetrator of this crime.
Is it any wonder that we seek safety in this world? In the country of Finland where I lived for some years, one of the benefits of residing there was the lack of crime and violence. It was the kind of place where little children could bike around by themselves and not fear. Foreigners like me were amazed by this freedom.
Most of the world isn’t like this, however. The wise man of Proverbs says,”Death and Destuction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man (Proverbs 27:20).” It’s a jungle out there, and not because of the animals. The world is a confused mess because of the humans who act like them.
Life here on Planet Earth can be hard and dangerous. It can be depressing. The Psalmist sure felt this way at times. He describes a period when he was down and out. His life was full of trouble. He had no energy. In fact, he thought he was a living dead man (Psalm 88:1-5).
Who did the Psalmist blame for his problems? God, of course. Don’t we all. When times are tough, we shriek at Him. The Psalmist was no different.
He blamed God for making life the pits. Also, He accused God of taking away his friends and for his sense of overload. The Psalmist thought of God as a terrorist (Psalm 88:6-18).
The truth is, it is God who will rescue us from this fallen world. One day He will throw Satan and his followers into a place called the lake of fire forever. Then he will bring in a new heaven and earth free from the kind of pain that Christina Floyd and the Psalmist experienced (Revelation 20:10,15; 21:4,8).
The cavalry is coming. In the meantime, we just have to hang on and persevere, and try to bring some others along with us.