Like so many, I can make no sense of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday. Honestly, this side of heaven, I don’t anticipate any reason or understanding to ever come of it.
The problem of evil is as old as humanity. And it will rear its ugly head so long as the Lord tarries. But by His grace, God does promise us this: we will be comforted. Perhaps we will not always be protected from evil. Perhaps we will see it with our own eyes. But this promise we can cling to: We will not be forsaken or left to face it alone.
Second Corinthians, chapter one, says it best.
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through… We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
May this scripture grant us hope. Hope that we will never be placed in a circumstance where we have no one to lean on or learn from. Hope that we will never be faced with a journey that we will walk alone. And hope that this life, while it is riddled with hardships and pain, will ultimately give way to this purpose: deep reliance and faith in a living and loving God who in His faithfulness, will continually rescue us.