As humans, we rightly morn for the innocents and rattle our sabers for revenge against the evildoers.
This morning, as I reflect on these circumstances in light of my latest chronological journey through the Bible, a few striking thoughts come to mind:
- It was God who established the nation of Israel, and it was God who established the United States of America. In no way am I suggesting that America holds the unique character of being God's unique chosen nation, but I do believe that God established our country as a place where his children might be free to worship, work, enjoy their lives, and revel in all that God has created for his own.
- Every single time the nation of Israel strayed from obedience to God's desires, Israel found herself being tormented, slain, and a few times devoted to complete destruction.
- Several times we find it recorded that when Israel would seek to avenge herself, without first calling to Yahweh, she found defeat and was left to running with her tail tucked between her legs.
I'm currently on the 109th day of my journey through the Bible, and King David, in the book of 1st Samuel, is currently hiding out in caves under the unjust persecution of King Saul.
As I consider David's life, and read his recorded words, I think David would have come at our Boston Marathon bombing situation with a mindset far different than crying for only a righteous revenge.
I think he would:
- Get on his knees and seek the face of Yahweh.
- Search his own heart, seek to purge it of evil desires, and call for God's forgiveness.
- Understanding that it is God who moves the hearts of men, and directs the movement of every molecule on earth, he would ask God to see His revenge on the evildoers.
- Then, armed with the blessing of God, David would bring God's revenge to those who perpetrated evils upon God's chosen.
I wonder, might we as a people be jumping from the slaughter of innocents to our own revenge without the necessary heart-work, and doing business with God?
The book of Psalms is full of laments from King David during his unrighteous onslaughts from Saul. In Psalm 17, we hear David crying to the Lord, "Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
Dear friends, it is right for us to cry for justice and revenge. The prayer of my heart is that we might all first seek to do some heart-work with God, ask God to seek his revenge on the perpetrators of this evil, and then allow ourselves to be the tools of his almighty hand.
I think this is how King David would handle the Boston Marathon bombing.