After three hurricanes and an earthquake in recent weeks, who would ever expect to wake up to the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history? As I write,reports are that at least 58 people are dead and more than 400 people are being treated in the hospitals. Just thinking about the thousands of people that are dealing with such trauma and grief churns my stomach and pounds on my head. Like you, I have so many questions and few answers.
However, I do know that God remains in control, even when it doesn’t seem as if he is. God does not lack power to direct the affairs of our world. Even when tragedies occur and innocent lives are taken, God remains in ultimate control. I cannot understand how this can be when we face such terrible tragedies, but my lack of understanding does not diminish this truth. Before we were born, God knew exactly how long we will live and how we will die.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
C. S. Lewis wrote, “Pain is God’s megaphone to a deaf world.” The greatest Christian thinker of our time reminds us that tragedy may serve as a wake-up call for people who are spiritually sleeping. Now is not the time to blame God; this is the time to turn toward God for comfort during such pain. Please pray with me:
Heavenly Father, once again we come to you for comfort during a horrendous tragedy. Be with those who are tending to all the injured from this shooting in Las Vegas. Grant wisdom to those who are investigating, peace to those who are searching for loved ones and hold close to you those who lost family and friends through death. Bless our nation on this day of tragedy that through this pain, people will seek you out for that peace that goes beyond all understanding. Amen.
See you in church,
The Problem of Pain (Harper One 1940)