It has been a difficult week following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I can’t imagine what the families of the victims of the shooting are feeling.
But, one thing I’m pretty certain of, they are probably asking, why … why did this happen? That is a valid question.
And, the political media wasted no time in putting their spin on this tragic attack. Before the families even had time to mourn and grieve, opinions and accusations were being hurled from the right and the left.
Over and over again I heard the statement, “We need to have a conversation about how and why this happened”. And that brought to mind Psalm 81:13-14 which says, “Oh that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways, I would subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries”.
Sounds as if God was growing weary of one-sided conversations. His people may have been talking to Him, sharing their problems, asking for their needs to be met, but apparently they weren’t listening to or obeying Him.
We’re also told in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Now, when I read those verses two things are very clear.
One, the why behind what happened is very simple; it is the result of sin and evil.
Two, the only conversation that is going to help matters is a gospel conversation that leads to a gospel conversion. But, none of the elite political media wants to have that conversation because it doesn’t fit their agenda.
So, would you, first of all, pray for the families affected by this tragedy? Pray that God would supernaturally comfort and strengthen them. Pray that God will use this tragedy to bring lost people into His kingdom.
Secondly, would you pray for our national leaders? Pray for courage and wisdom for those who are believers, and pray for the salvation of those who are not.
Finally, one of the first things that comes to mind when we hear of a tragedy like this is, how many of those people entered eternity without Jesus as their Savior. So, would you pray for the boldness to have gospel conversations in your life? It’s truly is a matter of life and death.