I woke up this morning, quickly reminded of the tragic events of yesterday. I remembered seeing scared little faces trying to escape from their elementary school. There were reports from police and we hung on their every word to try to get some sort of answer as to why something so awful would happen.
Who did it? What was the motivation behind something so horrific? We felt angry. We cried. And most of us clung tightly to our children; thankful that yesterday, it wasn’t them. But we ache for the families of 20 innocent children. Their Christmas’s as well as their every day will feel the weight of this tragedy. So I pray for them.
But I was quickly reminded of something:
It’s only going to get worse.
The Bible warns us of wars, fighting, earthquakes, famine, murders and rampant sin. (Matthew 24 and Luke 21) All of these tragic events are spoken of in the Bible as signaling the Lord’s return. We don’t know when it will be. He is very clear about that, not even the Mayans have been privy to such information.
Jesus’ disciples were warned that they would be persecuted for believing in him and they were. But, he also told them to stand firm in him and they would not lose their souls. They were to preach the gospel, the “good news” of the Savior so that every nation would hear it and then the end would come. (Matthew 24:14)
Today, I woke to remember that God is still on His throne. He hasn’t changed. He isn’t any less of who He was, before yesterday’s tragic events. His love for people is still as powerful as it was the day He sent Jesus to die for our sins. The hope He offers is still here for the taking, to all those who will receive it.
Tragedy and evil in this world, should point us to one person only: God. It’s in Him that we find peace. On this side of eternity, we’ve been told there will be trouble. There is one who is working hard to steal, kill and destroy, but there is one greater, who gives us life abundantly. (John 10:10) It’s Jesus.
Allow this tragedy to point you to our Savior; our hope in hopeless times. If it’s going to get worse as we’ve been warned, then buckle up my friends. We’re going to need each other and we must be grounded in the truth.
Stand firm and love well!