My heart was broken Sunday as I heard the news of the shooting at the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX. Nothing prepares you for that news, so I can’t even fathom what the families and community are going through.
My mind cannot wrap around how a person can be so evil. The one thing I do know is this:
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
That is the only thing that I can answer in times like these. God knows the wickedness of man’s heart and he will be repaid for the evil acts he has done. I know it’s only normal for people to question during something like this. People will go through so many stages of grief. Some will forgive, some will get angry with God, and some will just fall away.
I cannot even pretend to offer words of comfort because honestly there are none. You can tell people, “They’re with Jesus now” or “They’re in a better place” and all the other cliché sayings people use when someone passes, but they are empty. They have always been empty. In truth, no one can truly know the grief you carry except God.
I know people only mean well when they offer up those words, but I think just being with someone is more comforting. When someone sits with you in your pain and grief, then they can truly get a glimpse into what you are going through. We just don’t have many friends willing to do that.
One thing that breaks my heart even more about this event are the things people have said on the news. They are belittling prayer. Saying things like, “Prayers are good, but it’s not enough.” I’ve heard others saying even worse things. I’m tired of the mainstream media trying to push their agenda in times of tragedy, or any other time for that matter.
It’s not time to run down faith. It’s time to cry out to God! As a nation we need to repent and turn to God, not run away from him. The verse I shared from Jeremiah states the problem with man. Our hearts are wicked. Wicked hearts do wicked things. When Adam and Eve fell in the garden it ushered in this age of wickedness. We will suffer through it until Christ returns.
So I’m asking all my brothers and sisters in Christ please cry out to God. Cry out for our brothers and sisters who lost their loved ones. Lift them up in prayer like they were your own family. Pray for our nation. We’ve been divided by evil voices that seek to destroy us. Pull together. Above all. Love one another.