After hearing the unspeakable horrors of another school shooting, my first instinct was to lie low. No Facebook posts, no Twitter updates, no blog thoughts. I mean, what can you say after something like this? It’s too sickening for words, too complicated to unravel.
But we believers must weigh in. People have questions, tough faith issues to consider. I’m not saying Christians have all the answers. But in these dark hours, here’s why I trust the One who does:
1. Jesus knows it’s hard to live here. From the time He let out that first baby cry, the Son of God was hunted, doubted, and mocked. He knew the pain of losing a loved one, the weariness of fighting evil. At the cross, He suffered undeserved and cruel atrocities. Earth living—and earth dying—Jesus understands. (Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 4:15)
2. The Holy Spirit helps us cope here. Keep reading for the good stuff but one bleak fact first: No hero of scripture said earth life was easy. Consider your own pain (I’m thinking of mine), then look at the disciples’: Prisons, beatings, and worse. But—hallelujah—Jesus sent a Comforter, the Spirit of God to cut through darkness and provide His peace. Is it possible to endure, to thrive, to matter in this mess? Absolutely. It’s unexplainable but undeniable. (John 16:33, John 14:27)
3. God Himself will get us out of here. This craziness on earth is not the end of us. Evil—caused by Satan wreaking havoc and the free will of those in his grip—will one day stop for good. We believers have the promise of another place, another body, another priority. It’s pain-free. It’s sure. And praise the Lord, it’s coming! (Philippians 3:20, Revelation 21:4).
Today, I am hurting. My heart grieves for each child’s suffering. My soul aches for each family’s loss. I’m incensed that evil—under the direction of our worst enemy—prowled those school hallways with destruction. But even so, I must cling to what I’ve seen and heard and lived and believed: God loves us. He holds us closely. And the deepest pain of this temporary world cannot kill eternal hope.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
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