How are you handling this week’s news?

Sunday’s news of the Texas church shooting has left my heart heavy…for so many reasons. Sorrow and sadness for that community, wondering about the effect on all our churches.

One friend told me that this incidence shook her faith in God. Where was God? she asked. Why couldn’t He stop it from happening?

There’s no easy answers or solutions to these kinds of horrific events, but it seems as if the Evildoer gets “a pass” while God gets the blame for not intervening. There is real evil in this world, active and vigorous.

As real and aggressive as evil is, it is not equal to the goodness of God. Every single person in that Texas church on Sunday morning mattered deeply to God, and their deaths did not go unnoticed. “Precious in His sight is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).

These terrible news stories seem to be coming so frequently that one friend said he feels numb. Rather than let our faith wobble, this is the time to lean heavily on it.

Is God sovereign overall all? All things? If so, that belief changes everything. A sense of security in an increasingly dangerous world, a hope and peace for a heavenly future. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

There’s a note in my NIV study Bible under this verse: “Like an anchor holding a ship safely in position, our hope in Christ guarantees our safety. Whereas the ship’s anchor goes down to the ocean bed, the Christian’s anchor goes up into the true, heavenly sanctuary, where he is moored to God himself.”

This life on earth, as beautiful and awful as it can be, is not the end of our story.

So how are you doing this week? I’d really like to know how you’re processing the news. Please share your thoughts in a comment–it helps us all.

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