On the Heels of Tragedy
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
Today is not the day to preach at people about political positions. Today is the day for people who witness and experience personal tragedy to examine their lives if they haven’t already. I don’t wish tragedy on anyone, but tragedy sometimes provides the only opportunity for someone to think about things they don’t usually think about including life, death, and God. When horrible things happen, it reminds us all of two things – life is short and there is great evil in the world.
Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone--
as though we had never been here.
Even without a tragic, unforeseen attack on human life on unsuspecting concert goers, all life is short. Especially when you consider all of eternity, one life is just a blip on the screen no matter how long a person lives, and just a few short generations later, no one will even remember your name. This is not a depressing thought, it is and encouraging thought prompting us to make the most of every opportunity and not waste any time.
Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Not only should we realize the brevity of life, but also we should realize and recognize that during these short little lives of ours we have an active Enemy who is the source of evil.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.
No one is going to escape tragedy or death. And these are terrifying truths for someone who has never heard Jesus’ words from John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
It is not trite to say, only true – YOU provide the solution to short life AND tragedy. You offer eternal life through your Son, Jesus, as well as strength, protection, and the ability to withstand evil, to point evil out and prevail against it. I pray for our friends who are wrecked by what they experienced in Vegas last night and help them to turn their attention to you. YOU truly are our only source of help and life, and I love you and thank you that this is absolutely true, and I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.