“Look, I am coming soon, bringing My reward with Me to repay all people according to their deeds.” (Revelation 22:12 NLT)
Uvalde, Texas is the scene of the tragedy in the U.S. that has filled our news channels, as well as our hearts and minds in recent days. The horrifying reality is, until Jesus returns, these kinds of random, merciless murders will continue. Why? Why doesn’t God stop them? Why doesn’t He DO something? The short answer is – HE HAS!
The tragic loss of life is always magnified, and the grief intensified when children are the victims. Personally, I can’t imagine anything worse for a parent than the loss of a child. I’ve been praying for the parents and siblings of each child who was lost, and for the families of the three adults – yes, I’m including the family of the young man who was the shooter.
It’s easy to allow our hearts and minds to be filled with hatred, anger, and the desire to have someone pay! We’re always looking for someone or something to blame.That’s when we turn to the government, believing somehow, we should be able to legislate morality, forcing would be perpetrators to stop their bad behavior. If only it were that simple.
It’s also, unfortunately, the time many people turn their angry fists heavenward, blaming God for not sparing their child. Could He have saved them? He’s God, He can do whatever He pleases. So, why didn’t it please Him to save those innocent children?
Perhaps the better question is to ask: “Why didn’t He spare His only Son from dying in our place on the Cross? Why did He allow the sins of all would be repentant sinners to be laid on His only, sinless Son?
If anyone knows the grief those parents feel, it’s God. If anyone knows the heartache, the anguish, the suffering caused by the loss of a child, it’s God. Then why in heaven’s name didn’t He stop it? At what cost?
We either have freewill or we don’t? We can’t have it both ways! We can either exercise our will to sin and hurt people, or our freewill to serve God and help people. But it’s not simply the tragedy itself that impacts our lives, it’s the fall-out, the aftermath. It’s how we exercise our freewill to trust God and let Him comfort and guide us through the tragedy, or we stiffen our backs and shake our fist in His face.
God will not make us obey Him anymore than the parents of the 18-year-old who pulled the trigger could have made him get the help he obviously needed. Life isn’t fair and it won’t be until Jesus returns.
So, do we just give up hope that the world will ever get better? If we haven’t, we should because it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse. The only way to make anything better is by becoming better ourselves. How do we do that? There’s only one way – through yielding our lives and allegiance to Jesus. But isn’t that a little bit naïve? Aren’t there any good people who AREN’T serving Jesus?
Just as there are bad people who do good things, there are good people, godly people who sin and fail God and others. But the Bible is clear: “No one is righteous – not even one.” (Romans 3:10) Jesus is the only exception, and those He makes righteous through His sacrifice. Our ONLY HOPE is Jesus. To walk with us through the tragedies of life while on this planet, and, of course, for all eternity with Him in heaven.
When will it end? The moment Jesus returns to bring justice to all the world, to weed out the evil from the good, and to pronounce judgment on all mankind. Are you ready for that day? If not, Jesus is the only One who can prepare you. Put your trust in Him before it’s eternally too late. Click on this link – https://hutchcraft.com/the-bridge-to-god