How are we to respond to Moore Oklahoma being flattened? As I woke up this morning, “51 so far counted dead, 20 children in local school” was on my phone’s screen. As I saw the devastation on the news last night, I was amazed and bewildered. I absolutely… We absolutely hurt for this town, these families. Today, we are all Oklahomans. I read the article about the children, where parents stood across the street listening to a man with a blow horn calling the names of the surviving children. I cannot imagine! Standing there waiting to hear if your child’s name would or would not be called. If you did hear it, knowing that others would not.
Even if your family is prayerfully all alive and mostly unharmed, if you live in Moore, most likely you’ve lost everything. I’ve wondered many times what it would be like if I were to lose everything, but it hurts to even think about losing our families.
So, “Where is God?” will be the question on so many people’s minds today, and rightly so. Many on the news will be saying, “our hearts and prayers are with you.” It is times of devastation that bring us to question and talk about God.
The reality is that we live in a sinful world, and God does not play Superman. He does not stop everything from happening. It seems God does not care about our physical comforts, which is very unsettling if we are honest; it’s certainly a big thing to us. Why does He provide for the seemingly smallest of things, but not spare people’s lives from giant tornadoes, hurricanes, school shootings, planes being hijacked, war, etc.? The only answer we have is “God is sovereign.” We cannot, and will not, understand His plan, but simply trust in Him and know that He loves us. This really is a wake up call to trust in Him as Savior and Lord, to receive eternal life in heaven, because at any moment our life could be taken from us.
Today, we are all Oklahomans, and we grieve the loss for these families and this town. Our hearts and prayers are with them.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your personal Lord and Savior, please at least pray, “Lord, make yourself real to me. Show me You are there. Help me know what to do.” Maybe like the father of the demon possessed son, in Mark 9:14-29, that cried out to Jesus, “I believe, help me with my unbelief.” If you are ready, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sins. I accept You as Lord of my life.” And by the authority of the Word of God, if you’ve said that prayer, then you ARE saved. If you’ve said that prayer, please let me know so I can pray for you and possibly help you in any way.
Lord, we ask that you comfort the families of all those who have lost someone in this town.