Editor’s note: Again, shots were fired. Blood spilled. Families lost loved ones. Hearts across the nation broke when the news hit of the church massacre at First Baptist in Sutherland Springs. It’s so easy to ask “Where were You, God?” in such a volatile and uncertain world. Pastor Max Lucado addresses this question in this excerpt from his book God Is With You Every Day.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? — Psalm 8:3-4
When tragedy strikes, whether personal, national, or global, people wonder how God could allow such things to happen. What can He be thinking? Is God really in control? Can we trust Him to run the universe if He would allow this?
It is important to recognize that God dwells in a different realm. He occupies another dimension.
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. — Isaiah 55:9 NCV
How vital, then, that we pray, armed with the knowledge that God is in Heaven. Pray with any lesser conviction, and our prayers are timid, shallow, and hollow. Look up at the heavens and see what God has done, and watch how your prayers are energized.
This knowledge gives us confidence as we face the uncertain future. We know that He is in control of the universe, and so we can rest secure. But also important is the knowledge that this
God in Heaven has chosen to bend near toward earth to see our sorrow and hear our prayers. He is not so far above us that He is not touched by our tears.
Though we may not be able to see His purpose or His plan, the Lord of Heaven is on His throne and in firm control of the universe and our lives.
~For the Tough Times
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God of all comfort, we ask You to be palpably near to our brothers and sisters in Sutherland Springs and for their families and loved ones. Our hearts are heavy with grief at the largest mass shooting in Texas history. Come, Lord Jesus! Thank You that You are in control and that You love us and bend down near to hear our cries. ~ Devotionals Daily