Where was God in the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary?

On December 17, 2012 by Chris Avell

“WHERE IS GOD?”

I have read this many times this weekend as people struggle to find answers and cope with the tragedy at Sandy Hook.  Where is God when bad things happen?

I believe that when tragedies like this happen God’s grace, mercy, and love shines through beautifully.

The tragedy that occurred in Newtown Connecticut on December 14th was orchestrated by Satan.  How do I know?  This is what Satan does…  He uses people to lie, steal, destroy, murder!

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Scripture refers to Satan as “the prince of this world” (John 12:31) as many people have chosen to follow his will over God’s.  And, in this, terrible things happen.

But as Satan does his thing (lie, steal, destroy, murder) — GOD does HIS thing…  teaches, heals, and saves people!

Let’s look at how God is at work amidst the tragedy in Connecticut…

Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

After the disgusting, tragic event we have all heard and read so many times “parents are holding their kids closer tonight” and similar sentiments.  And we all felt it…

Yes, we knew our children were precious and that our time with them was precious already, but God takes a terrible tragic event like this and uses it to teach us to “number our days” and help us “become wise”…  Parents across the WORLD are focusing more on loving their kids and cherishing them.  Not BECAUSE of the tragedy, but because GOD keeps His promises.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

In ALL THINGS, that is ALL THINGS, God works for the good of those who love Him.  Satan’s plan to destroy and murder ended up as all Satan’s plans do…  With the shining victory of our Creator and Savior!

Satan wanted this tragedy to end in those precious lives being wasted.  He wanted to use the deaths of those beautiful children to stir up hatred, division, confusion, and chaos.  He wanted to divide us and destroy us and have the legacy of those murdered adults & children to be one of destruction.  But God, AWESOME GOD made the legacy of those murdered LOVE.

There can be no mistake – take a look at what parents are saying on Facebook – many parents, myself included, are reminded how short our time is and how precious life is and with this wisdom we desire to be better parents.  We want to LOVE our kids better and our hearts reach out in LOVE to those who have lost their precious little gifts.

In the end HATE (Satan) did not win, LOVE (God) did…
And in that we see God so clearly.

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Chris Avell (18 Posts)

Chris is former atheist and now a pastor with Churches of God General Conference. Chris has a wife, three daughters, and two sons. There is practically nothing else you would need to know about Chris.


 

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2 Responses to “Where was God in the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary?”

  • In our Sunday sermon, the congregation was reminded that each of are called to praise God and to be a source of joy and hope even in times of great despair. I have never felt so blessed to lead those gathered at mass in song and raising up to Him the prayers of so many. An AWESOME God, indeed!

  • I really enjoyed that post and reading its fresh, uplifting message. Thank you!

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