Where is Your God now?
“27 dead. Where is your God now? Why would he let innocent children die?” One of my coworkers asked me after we heard the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Non Christian’s argue in times like this that God is not real; or if He is, He isn’t able to help prevent us from tragedy like this. Christian’s believe that God controls all things and has a purpose in everything that happens. God was not surprised by this shooting; he is not shocked that 27 people died. He is not stunned that children were killed. He is not an emotional wreck. He is at work helping the grieving and suffering, as well as working out His secret design in and through this tragic event.
Now is not time for me to rebut my coworker. Now is not the time for a theological explanation of the “why” a tragedy like this happens in this broken world. Now is the time to weep. Now is the time for prayer and action. There is nothing wrong with weeping when in times like this, even Jesus wept. But lets not just weep. Let’s pray for the victims’ families, the frightened school children, the hurting parents, their weeping friends, the confused and lost people of Sandy Hook. But let us also pray that God will prepare, equip and raise up people to minister to the many who are hurting, confused and hopeless. Pray also for the churches and pastors of Newtown, that God would enable them to minister beyond their own congregations to a hurting and stunned community.
I am going to hug my kids again.
I am in pain and distress;
may your salvation, O God, protect me. Psalm 69:29
49 Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.