I have a blogger friend in Canada who posted an article about a terrible accident that took place, killing ten young hockey players, their coach, stats person, the bus driver; and leaving at least ten more boys seriously injured. They were hit by a big semi that ran a red light, destroying the front of the bus. I don’t remember if she said the truck driver survived.
People have wondered all through the centuries why God allows such tragedies, where He is when these terrible things happen.
I heard someone say, once, that He is right there in the same place He was when His Son was suffering and dying for our sin. He knows the pain of each parent who has lost children. He knows our grief and our sorrow.
God never promised us that He would protect us from tragedy. In fact, He said that the rain falls on the just and the unjust.
What He did promise is that He would walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death; that He would be there to comfort, to console, to strengthen in times of trouble.
As long as sin remains in this fallen world, there will be tragedy. Very few of us go through life without having to deal with loss, grief, and despair. We can turn to God for our need, and He will give us comfort.
I would ask you all to be praying for the families of those who died, as well as the ones with injuries, and the ongoing health and financial needs that will be with those families for a very long time.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.