This broken world has caused us to mourn yet again. Senseless murders are occurring with increasing frequency and hitting ever closer to home. Country music fans (I’m one of those) were gunned down in Las Vegas. Worshippers in a small church in small-town Texas were gunned down during services. I worship in a small church in a small town, even though I no longer live in Texas.
Our heartfelt anguish is amplified because it is so easy to identify with the victims making it easy to follow the scripture that says, “weep with those who weep.” (Rom. 12:15). But what escapes me are answers, even though I’d dearly love to know and share them. Why’d they do it? Why’d God allow it? What meaning do we look for so many senseless deaths?
Yet even in times when we have no answers we still have a hope in Christ to share. When we don’t have any idea of what to do, we still have Him and we still have each other.
The way of God—loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbors as ourselves—will give us a purpose, a reason and a destiny when every illusion of safety is shattered and folks are laid as bare as Job.
In such times we think not just of today, but to eternity and rely fully on God. As the scripture says:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5,6)