The eyes of the nation are on the state of Oklahoma today because we all can relate to the brokenness on display there. These events break our hearts because we know how quickly things can change for any of us. Storms make us recognize how little control we actually have in life and this life is valuable because we are made in God’s image. So, these events bring out that camaraderie we have with other people whether we know them or not. We mourn because lives were lost and weep with those who weep.
We also take comfort in these tragedies because while we have no control over things, God has ultimate control. In the midst of pain He displays His glory and grace in ways He might not have otherwise. It is hard to understand, but we are called to have faith in our unfailing God. We don’t have to see how it all ends; we just need to trust our God who does. C.S. Lewis said it like this in the book “The Problem of Pain”, We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
If we are left to our own understanding and ways we will reject God every time In fact, when things are going really well is when we see people take larger steps away from God. Yet, it is in those times of weakness that we learn to lean a little more. It is in those times of pain that we see the hopeless state we are in and how we do need a Savior. It is there when we throw up our hands in surrender and praise knowing that we serve a mighty God that is never surprised by anything that happens. We serve a God who understands that in is the ultimate problem with this world and has given us a way out of it through Jesus Christ.
What is a proper response in this? We pray and look for ways to help. We also praise God because He sees all, knows all, and redeems circumstances like this for His glory. As Jesus ministers to people, they know that there is a God who loves them and has a plan in their lives.
Interestingly enough, in the wake of all that went on in Oklahoma last night, God was using a show on NBC to display His glory and grace. It really could not have been planned better because of the statement it made to people watching. Here is a clip from the television show “The Voice.” Yes, this was broadcast on network TV last night. Praise God!