Where was the place the righteous run to and are safe, according to Proverbs 18:12? We pray for safety, for help on icy roads, for health and healing and hope that so many of the verses of Scripture seem to promise, as well we should. But what happens when senseless tragedy strikes anyway? Doesn’t God’s word work?
What happens when men kneel, lined and tied, heads bowed heavy with last thoughts of life lived this side of eternity, while evil stands behind, blade ready to flaunt the power of the covered coward? Does grace abound?
Do martyrs see what Stephen saw—“the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” Does the Holy Spirit fill them so they can say, “Lord, do not hold this against them”?