You can never know when tragedy will strike. We live in a world of sin, and because of that, times of pain and sorrow will come. The school shooting in Connecticut is just another painful reminder of that, and my prayers are with everyone who has been affected by it. Times like this, we all ask ourselves how God could allow this to happen.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, ESV)
What do we do when the tribulations come? It’s easy to let grief and sorrow overcome us. It’s easy to crawl into our shells and blame the world, blame ourselves, blame God. What we need to do is blame the sin that has taken over this world. And when we need someone to turn to, God is waiting with open arms.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, KJV)
I was listening to K-Love earlier today, and the radio host was talking about this verse. She said, “God doesn’t say He will put us in the valley, and He doesn’t say He will leave us there. He says He will get us through it.” We will walk through the valley at times, but God is there to protect and comfort us.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)
Take a look at this quote:
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest. -Corrie Ten Boom
Trust in God; find your rest in Him. Because when the hard times come, He’ll always be there for you.