“Because of His great love, we are not consumed. For His compassions never fail. His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Why? Why, God? How could You let this happen? The horrific events that unfolded four years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut left us all reeling, questioning, and grieving. Where do we go with questions that have no answers? Who do we blame when the perpetrator is dead? How do we reconcile the sovereignty of God with twenty-seven fatalities, most of which were first grade children?
The enemy will use this event as evidence that God is not good…that He cannot be trusted with that which is most precious in our lives. The Church must stand up and proclaim the truth – God is good all the time. It is a lack of trust in God that led to that fateful day. It is not God that has changed…it is man.
It is time for the Church in the United States to wake up, dress Herself in God’s full armor, and fight like soldiers. Look around…we are at war. An unseen battle is raging for the hearts and souls of our children. The attacks are everywhere…media, education, literature, and even toys and video games. Our only defense is the truth of God’s Word and the presence of His Spirit living in us.
So, as we mourn and grieve with those who suffered unimaginable loss, let us not forget to lift them up to the only One who fully understands such suffering. He has suffered at the hands of evil, innocently tasting death in a gruesome murder at Calvary. He is our suffering Savior; and only He can provide the comfort that is needed.
And as we continue with the celebrations of Christ’s birth, let us glorify Him in our response to this tragedy. Instead of questioning Him, let us honor Him by sharing the truth of His Word.
Father, I am thankful that when there are no words, no answers, no explanations, You are there. You have the words we do not. You have the grace we need and the comfort we crave. I lift all of those up affected by the recent shootings in our country. Father, bind up their broken hearts and draw them to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.