When tragedies occur such as the recent massacre of people attending a concert in Las Vegas, it is very normal to ask the question, “Where was God while this was happening? Why didn’t he stop it?” God’s Word guides us. In times like these, it is important to seek the Lord and think biblically.
We live in a broken world, a world full of selfishness, sin and destruction; a world where people choose to hurt others and disobey God. The shooting in Las Vegas is a tragic reminder of this.
This was not God’s plan from the beginning. He created a perfect world, a world full of life, creativity, joy, peace and love. God gave people the free will to choose. Because Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, sin and brokenness entered the world. We are all sinners by nature and by choice. We can choose to do the right things or the wrong things in every situation.
Because of our sin, God sent his Son Jesus to live a perfect life, die on the cross to take the penalty for our sin, and rise from the dead proving that he was God in the flesh and the one who can give us eternal life. The way of Jesus is the way of life, abundant and eternal. When a person turns away from their sin and surrenders their life to Jesus as Lord and Savior, they are forgiven of their sin and God makes them new, from the inside out. They are saved by God’s grace.
Tragically, too many people reject this offer of salvation. They choose to follow a different path. The path away from God is a path that leads to destruction.
So you ask why God allowed this to happen? I’m confident that God’s heart was broken to see the people murdered in Las Vegas, just like his heart is broken over every act of violence and all of the suffering in the world and every person who ignores him and pretends he doesn’t exist.
God loves us so much that he gives us the freedom to choose. My prayer is that people will realize his love, accept the free gift of salvation offered through Jesus, and by faith trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. When they do, God will bring salvation.
And, it’s not surprising to find followers of Jesus are right there when tragedies occur, right in the midst of the mess, bringing comfort and hope and compassion and love to people, pointing them to the hope of eternal life found in Jesus. And in a very real sense, when God’s people are there, he is there, helping to restore broken lives.