“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! … For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:33, 36.
In 2008 Bethany Kroeze accompanied other young Christians. where biblical texts were distributed. The text was in full color with the beautiful words of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.” She delighted in collaborating with others in the sowing the seed of the Word of God. Bethany had been converted to the Lord Jesus when she was twelve years old and her great desire was to serve Him and make known the good news that in Christ there is salvation. The testimony of her parents struck a chord in her for before her father married, he was in Chile working with the missionaries. In the years 2000, his parents used their summer vacation to visit Central America and assist in missionary work. Like parents, like daughter, and Bethany found a good example in her parents. In 2008 she met Duncan, a young Canadian whose heart burned with the desire to proclaim the gospel. He went to serve the Lord full time in Mexico. In June 2010 they married and the two were devoted to the work in Obregon, Mexico. They extremely pleased and excited with what they considered a privilege to serve the Lord.
It is always a cause for gratitude to God when there are young who from their heart are willing to serve God as He wills. So it was with Bethany and Duncan until October 25, 2010, a day before she celebrated his 24th birthday Bethany. While with other missionaries Bethany suffered a heart attack and went to be with the Lord. The news shocked many in the Christian assemblies that have an interest in the work in Mexico. Her death left many stunned. It gave rise to much sadness and to questions. Sometimes life makes us suddenly face unexpected and painful circumstances. It leave us fearful, discouraged, frustrated and wondering why? Of course we consult the Bible for the answer: “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” 1 John 1:5. There is no impurity in light. It is a symbol of truth and joy. The motives of God are always the best, He always does what is right. As a loving Father is perfect in love, it is impossible for Him to mistreat His children. What He allows in the life of each of His children is beneficial.
God has infinite wisdom and invites us to call upon Him “in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” Psalm 50:14. God’s judgments are unsearchable and his ways beyond scrutiny, as our text says. We do not understand all that God has in mind, but his judgments are perfect. He is above all and love and wisdom will always motivate Him. It takes faith to say with the Psalmist, “Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word” Psalm 119:65. God desires to GRATITUDE from us for what He is and TRUST in Him for what he wants to do in our lives. With the eye of faith on the Lord, we say “Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” and “Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes” Psalm 119:66, 68. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Kroeze and Beckett families. –David A. Jones