As I sit here relaxed in my favorite chair on a Saturday morning, 26 families in CT are grieving over the loss of their children and loved ones. Yesterday, a 20 year old kid walked into the kindergarten room and started shooting. Whenever something like this happens – people ask the inevitable questions – I know I did – and my daily Bible reading took me to Psalm 11.
“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: 'Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?' The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” (NIV)
From these verses we know:
1. God knows – He is not blind or deaf to the cries of anguish – neither in CT or anywhere around the world.
2. He is still on the throne – Though evil exists and produces horrific results, God's desire is for all to come to Him by faith. While these things are terrible, His name can and should be honored in all of this as we seek His face, for He is the great comforter, and in Him we find rest for our weary souls.
3. His justice is right and swift and sure – We will all face God's judgment & He will not allow injustice to go unpunished.
We live in a world where evil exists – and its within every one of us to DO evil. While we deplore what happened, it should not surprise us. While we grieve over the senselessness of the act and loss of life – especially of the children, we must still try to put this into a larger perspective – we live in a society that is progressively abandoning morality and truth for all-encompassing immorality and intellectual relativism. This disturbing trend can only lead down one path – moral corruption and societal breakdown. Its not the enemy from outside that we need to worry about – its the enemy of our spirit, the enemy within, against whom we should muster our every thought and action.
Os Guiness, a noted Christian apologist says: “What has happened to create… doubt is that a problem (such as a deep conflict or a bad experience) has been allowed to usurp God's place and become the controlling principle of life. Instead of viewing the problem from the vantage point of faith, the doubter views faith from the vantage point of the problem. Instead of faith sizing up the problem, the situation ends with the problem scaling down faith. The world of faith is upside down, and in the topsy-turvy reality of doubt, a problem has become god and God has become a problem.” (http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/27074.Os_Guinness)
In the face of inexplicable horror – whether it be a misguided and disturbed 20 year old or some natural disaster of epic proportions, we are truly helpless to face the consequences of a broken world without turning to the God of the universe who was, and is, and evermore shall be. He is unchanging in His love for us – He can heal the broken hearted and comfort us in our pain… even this pain.
While we may not always understand His ways, we MUST, as the psalmist did, trust in His grace and truth.
How can you show His grace, and share His truth with someone today?