“I Need Thee Every Hour” for National Day of Prayer. We all want control as individuals and as a nation. Sometimes we feel as though we are self sufficient and we don’t need the Lord. Whether we realize it or not, we not only need the Lord every hour, we can’t even walk without Him.
First my prayers have been and will continue to go out to those involved in the terrible tragedy that occurred today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT as well as those who were killed at Oregon’s Clackamas Town Center mall. My heart has been heavy today as updates came in about precious lives that were ended way too soon at a place that should be safe, a school and kindergarten class. It’s hard to comprehend that this tragedy, like the tragedy in Oregon, includes real life people. This is not a nightmare, and sadly it is reality.
There are several responses to the tragedies this week but I’d like to share a thought I had today; despite the evil within mankind God intervened some 2,000 years ago to give us a hope that we don’t deserve! Some may ask, “Why has God lost control?” I believe the answer to this question is that God has not lost control but what is out of control is sin; and God made a way to deliver us through sending His only Son. Another question some may ask is “How can God do nothing while things like this happen?” The truth is God did do something when His Son sacrificed Himself on the cross to pay the price for the sins of the world. The tragic news stories this week reminds us that we all need the Lord, and the good news is that He still can be found, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Even though He can be found, Isaiah implies that there will be a time when He can’t be found because it will be too late (Isaiah 55:5).
It is my prayer that many will respond to this tragedy by realizing that there is hope in this evil, unstable world because of the fact that God acted out of His love for mankind, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). May God provide grace and strength to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives this week.