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Saturday Sermon: Trust in God, it will all be OK

By By Andrew Schroer
April 26, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.


As I write these words, this is what we know:

On April 15, 2013, at 2:49 p.m., two homemade bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed, and 183 were injured.

We now know that the bombs were planted by a pair of brothers from Chechnya: Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsamaev. We know that Tamerlan has been killed by police, but we don't know yet where his brother Dzhokhar is.

We don't know yet their motives. We only know that they were Muslims and upset about Russia's control of Chechnya. That is what we know right now.

On April 16, 2013, letters were intercepted addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker and President Obama containing the deadly poison ricin.

An Elvis impersonator and writer from Mississippi Paul Kevin Curtis has been arrested. Curtis seems to believe that he is the target of a government conspiracy. That is what we know right now.

On April 17, 2013, just before 8 p.m., the West Fertilizer Plant in West caught fire. A few minutes later, a massive explosion rocked the town and measured 2.1 on the Richter Scale. More than 100 people were injured; dozens are dead.

Thirty five to 40 people are missing and feared dead. We don't know what caused the fire or the explosion. We know that the ammonia used in the plant can be toxic and highly flammable. When mixed with water it becomes even more dangerous. That is what we know right now.

By the time you read this, we may know more. We may have more facts, but there will probably still be many questions.

As I write these words, this is what we know:

We know God is love, 1 John 4:16. In fact, he loved us so much that he came to this Earth as a man to suffer the punishment we deserve for our sins so that we can go to heaven.

We know that all those who believe in him will live with him forever in the happiness of heaven, John 3:16. We know that he is with us and will never leave us, Deuteronomy 31:8; Matthew 28:20.

We know that he has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and that he will make everything here on earth work out for our good, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28. We know that even the sufferings in our lives serve a good purpose, Romans 5:1-5.

What we don't know right now is exactly why the events happened. We don't know exactly why God would let those terrorists attack, why he would let those people die or why he didn't stop them. We don't know what good is going to come of this. We don't know God's plan.

As the events unfold, we may know more. We may see God's hand working in the lives of those touched by these tragedies.

We may not, however, know all the facts this side of heaven. God wants us to trust him. He doesn't always tell us everything we want to know. He tells us what we need to know.

So trust Him. Trust His love. In His word He has told us what we need to know. "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him," Romans 8:28.

Andrew Schroer is the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Edna.

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