“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” – Roman 8:18
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” – Romans 8:22
If your week has been like mine you have spent time thinking about the tragedy in Las Vegas. What a heartbreaking event for the families that have been affected by the death of loved ones who were simply enjoying a concert. The reaction on Facebook and the media outlets has been a desire to pray for those affected but also to try and understand why a tragedy like this happened. This is not the first tragedy here or around the world, and sadly we all know it won’t be the last.
People are responding with shock that an event like this could occur; the family of the shooter as well is shocked and in a state of confusion over the whole event. While many answers may never come, we as the church can understand the unseen power of this world that is behind tragedies such as this and others.
We live every day in a world that sees the good in people and thinks that while there are some bad things are in this world, the amount of good outweighs the bad. But then an event like this happens and we are all confronted with the evil that is present in the world. Remember, the Bible does not speak of the world we live in as good. In fact, if we take a Biblical approach to there is nothing good in this world except for God. The Bible says that we are all sinners, and that there is no one that does good. This is a hard truth to understand but it shines a light on the fact that there is only one solution to the evil that is present.
Jesus is the only hope for the broken and painful world that we live in. In my own personal life, I cannot even imagine living life apart from God, His Son, and the hope they provide. This week, pray for those who have lost family and loved ones, that they would find peace. Also pray for the people around the world or even in our own neighborhoods and families who do not understand the love of our God who sent His Son into this world to save it from all its sin. We also need to think about the love that we show to others. It is often after tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas that a door is open for conversations about the solution to the pain in this world. Tragedies like this make life hard, but we look to Christ knowing that a day is coming on which ultimately the pain and suffering will be gone for those who believe.