One Thing You Have To Do In Times Of Tragedy

by: Chris Whaley | November 7, 2017

The tragedy that happened in Texas yesterday shakes us to the core.  How in the world could someone be so heartless and evil?  Our nation is crying out – “Why?”  The politicians on one side (and some from the other side) will politicize this tragedy as a “gun problem” and that we need more “gun control.”  I choose to believe that it is a huge “Heart Problem.”  Most of the media in our country attempt to pour gas on the fires of discord.  Politically we are more divided than we have ever been.  Tragically, many do not see any hope – only gloom and despair.

God created a perfect world.  He created a perfect garden and created two perfect human beings.  Then, tragically, Satan’s temptation was too much for the man and woman and they sinned.  When sin came into the world, it brought with it death; sickness; tragedy; corruption; evil and more evil.  The first murder happened to Abel, a righteous man.  It didn’t take very long for the whole world to become completely corrupt and God brought destruction through a flood.  Sinful men killed the perfect, sinless, Son of God.  Evil will continue until Jesus makes His triumphal return.

When I was a little boy, I used to play outside until dark (do you remember those days?).  Mom always wanted me to be home before dark.  On one particular day I got caught up in the cops and robber game and the Cowboy and Indian contests and throwing the ball or riding bicycles … I just lost track of time and it was dark before I knew it.  We didn’t have cell phones to call mom and let her know I’d be home as soon as I could make it.  I couldn’t send her a text and let her know I’d be late, I had to make my way back home from the neighborhood where my best friend lived.  We didn’t have street lamps in our neighborhoods.  There was no full moon.  It was dark.  It was hard to make my way back home.

As I was walking, I heard the sound of a big diesel engine.  My dad was a long distance truck driver.  I was close to the area where he usually parked his truck after returning from a trip.  Was that my father?  I so hoped it was him.  As I got closer, I heard the big engine shut down and the sound of the air that happened when he turned off the engine to his truck.  It was my father.  My heart raced as I drew closer to where he was.  I cried out to him.  Even though he wasn’t happy about me being out after dark, he was glad to see his son after being gone for three weeks.  After I hugged him, he took my hand and we began to walk home.  He held my hand tightly.  I couldn’t see very well, but, I felt at peace because my father had my hand and I completely trusted him.  We made it home safe and sound.

That’s what we have to do in times of tragedy and turmoil.  We may not be able to see clearly, but, we must keep holding on the hand of our Heavenly Father who is able to see the whole picture.  We must trust Him to get us home in the darkness.

In “The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom writes about a question she asked her father about a certain kind of sin:

“My father turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing.  At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.

‘Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?’ he said.  I stood up and tugged at it.  It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.  ‘It’s too heavy,’ I said.

‘Yes,’ he said. ‘And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load.  It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge.  Some knowledge is too heavy for children.  When you are older and stronger, you can bear it.  For now you must trust me to carry it for you.’

And I was satisfied.  More than satisfied – wonderfully at peace.  There were answers to this and all my hard questions – but now I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.”

And so it is that to find peace, we must leave many questions in our Heavenly Father’s keeping!

Psalm 34:17-22 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.  Many adversities come to the one who is righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all.  He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.  Evil brings death to the sinner, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. The Lord redeems the life of His servants, and all who take refuge in Him will not be punished.”

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