Understanding God in circumstances like Chilima Plane Crash

By Twink Jones Gadama

The recent tragic plane crash that claimed the life of Saulos Klaus Chilima, the leader of the United Transformation Movement (UTM), has left many wondering if God cares about humanity’s suffering.

The question “Where was God when Chilima’s plane crashed?” has been on many lips, with some doubting God’s existence or His concern for human affairs.

However, this tragedy presents an opportunity to reflect on God’s nature and His relationship with humanity.

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The Bible teaches that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving (Psalm 139:1-4, Isaiah 46:9-10).

He is sovereign over all creation, including the events that unfold on earth (Psalm 135:6).

So, where was God when Chilima’s plane crashed?

The answer lies in understanding God’s role in human affairs.

God is not a distant observer but an actively involved Creator who cares deeply about His creation (Psalm 138:8).

He is not the author of evil or tragedy but can use such events to accomplish His purposes (Romans 8:28).

The Bible records numerous instances where God intervened in human affairs, often in response to prayer or faith (2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 21:22).

However, God’s sovereignty also means that He allows human freedom and the consequences of sin, which can lead to tragic events like the plane crash.

This paradox is difficult to comprehend, but it’s essential to remember that God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

We may not always understand His reasons, but we can trust in His goodness and love.

In times of tragedy, we can find comfort in God’s presence and promises.

The Bible assures us that God is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).

He offers comfort and peace that surpass human understanding (Philippians 4:7).

As we mourn the loss of Chilima and others who have passed on, let us remember that God cares deeply about our pain and suffering. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him, for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

In conclusion, God’s care and concern for humanity are not measured by our limited understanding of events.

His sovereignty and love are not diminished by tragedy, but rather, they offer hope and comfort in the midst of sorrow.

As we reflect on the life of Chilima and the tragedy that befell him,
let us find solace in God’s promises and presence.

He is our rock, our refuge, and our savior.