Arts & Culture

God’s Grace in France

By Julia Marsh

The attacks allegedly by ISIS terrorists in France have been ugly. Recently, news has stated that 352 people have been injured and 129 have been killed because of these attacks. Aside from these deaths of innocent people, there were also the suicide bombers that many don’t spend much time thinking of. These attacks have been classified as an act of war by France’s president. News reporters have stated that this has been the deadliest attack on France since WWII.

So what can we do about it?

My Facebook news feed has been littered with the French flag and notes about others praying for France. It’s very encouraging to see Christians’ first response as prayer for another nation.

It’s easy for some of us to wonder how God could let this happen to a bunch of innocent Parisians. Good people shouldn’t have to see loved ones die because of a terrorist attack, right?

I like what theologian R. C. Sproul said about tragedy. He said, “Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once, and He volunteered.”

This quote perfectly explains why trials happen to us. We never can claim to deserve good things. We are sinful. Every good thing we receive is by God’s mercy alone. Each of us deserves eternal punishment.

That is, until we are saved by God’s grace.

But until we leave this world, we will still recognize sin’s effects all the time. Bad things will continue to happen until Jesus returns and sets up His reign.

Until then, we can plan on seeing a lot more tragedy like the current terrorism in France. But we as Christians possess a hope that no unbeliever does. We have hope of a life without pain or sorrow for eternity.

So, through prayer for France, petition God for His salvation to reach the French people. For His salvation to reach those who were responsible for these attacks. Pray for God to use this tragedy to bring humble people to Him. And most of all, thank Him for the hope we have in any circumstance because of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.”