I arrived at work this morning to a call from my wife alerting me to the horrific tragedy in Aurora, CO during the opening of ‘Dark Knight Rises.’ First of all, let me just say this. We should all be praying constantly for the families and all who were affected by this incident. Its so easy for us to see/hear negative, negative, negative from the media on stories like this…..BUT God’s love, mercy, & power tends to really shine through moments like these! So pray for it. Look for it. Expect it!
Now, as we all know, details about this incident will be surfacing hour by hour for days and even weeks about this event. What was the shooter’s motive? Was he mentally stable? What’s his childhood and overall background look like? Etc…..etc…..etc.
But in light of the big picture, those things don’t matter at all! Why? Because they don’t change the fact that many innocent people (including children) are now dead. And for the survivors, that vivid visions and sounds of the event will potentially torment them for years to come. These facts won’t change for anyone.
But there is still HOPE!
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:22
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
…for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. 1 Timothy 4:10b
Sure, there are always going to be extremely negative & overshadowing things in life that will never change. And although we live in a flawed world, we serve a very perfect and trusting God! The verses above should remind us, whether in tragedy or in trials, of the promises of God. His promises really do last forever! He is good. We can trust Him. And its only in Him that we have unchanging HOPE!
Have you had the Dark of ‘Knight’ Fall in your life or someone close to you recently? Pray…and wrap your fingers tightly around the hope that God has promised you. Do it today! Trust Him.