was at work when I heard the news.
A co-worker informed me that she saw, from her Instagram account, that NBA player, Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter, Gianna Bryant and nine people, were killed in a helicopter crash.
While this news struck my heart to the core, it was also deeply saddening to me. Then, the following questions came into my mind: Why would a good God allow for Kobe and his daughter to die in a helicopter crash? Why would a good God allow for nine other people, whose lives are also deemed significant to their families, to be taken away? It is from these experiences that I learn that Jesus is the God who gives and Jesus is the God who takes away.
~”He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!”~Job 1:21, NLT~
When Job of the Old Testament of the Bible was going through many bad things, such as losing friends, having bad health and having his own children die, and he himself did not understand why God was allowing for him to go through these things. But, he still did not turn away from God in the midst of these horrifying events. He even praised God in the sequence of these terrible events.
Even when his own wife told Job to curse God and die in the midst of his sickness, Job still gave God the praise. Even in the midst of sickness and death, Job gave God all of the praise.
~”His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die. But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.”~Job 2:9-10, NLT~
What can all of Atlanta, Georgia and beyond learn from the recent deaths of Kobe, Gianna, and the nine people that were taken in the helicopter crash? Jehovah is the God who gives life, and Jehovah is the God who allows for life to be taken away.
Jehovah is the God who gives life, and Jehovah is the God who allows for life to be taken away.
Let me clarify what I mean when I say that Jehovah is the God who gives life and for life to be taken away. I am not saying that God killed Kobe, Gianna or the nine people in the helicopter crash. What I am saying is that God allowed for them to die in these recent sequence of events so that Jesus could receive glory. And even though I question God as to why He allowed for these lives to be taken away, I do not curse God because Jehovah is good in the midst of the good things that happen in the world and Jehovah is good in the midst of the bad things that happen in the world. Just like in the story of Job.
I mourn the death of Kobe. I mourn the death of Gianna. And I certainly grieve for the nine people. All of their families need the comfort and prayers of Jehovah in the midst of this hard and pressing time.
~”When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”~Psalm 94:19, NIV~
I pray for peace. I pray for the comfort of Abba Father to touch the lives of those affected by all of the lives lost in the helicopter crash. I pray for healing and for the hope of God to comfort everyone in the midst of this tragic time.
And it is with this that I leave a final message: Remember Kobe. Remember Gianna. Remember the nine people who lost their lives in the helicopter crash. Never forget, in the Name of Jesus Christ.