“When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.” (Revelation 6:3-4).
The world is not a peaceful place. There are terrorist attacks, uprising, and bloody repressions going on all over the place now.
However, it’s not as bad as it could be, given the human tendency towards conflict and violence. There are billions of people around the world today who live in relative peace and security. Many of us are not worried about being shot or bombed this week. We go about our lives without much real fear.
Someday this is going to change. God, who is presently protecting this world for widespread death and destruction, will one day remove His protection. He will no longer keep the people from hurting one another, and human nature will work its worst. A lot of people will die.
It is natural for us to wonder why a loving God would allow such a thing. If He truly cared for us why would He let us hurt each other?
I think the answer as to why God will stop protecting us, is because we are failing to give Him credit for the protection He has given us so far. Here are a few examples:
1. We fail to give Him credit for His creation. Rather than thank Him for this beautiful and fruitful planet, we have concocted a story that says that the world created itself without God’s help.
2. We fail to love. We all want to be loved by others, but we fail to love them in return. Instead we lie, backstab, and slander each other. There must be consequences for this kind of behavior.
3. We fail to appreciate God’s sacrifice. God did something very great for us. He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins, so that we could be rescued from our depravity and be turned into good people. But we have told Him that we don’t need His son, that we’re good enough already. There will come a day when God will prove to us just how worthless we are without Him.