How do you deal with tragedy and death that does not make sense?
In 2021, four black girls ages 12 to 14 stabbed a 15-year-old girl inside a Walmart in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for no reason at all. On the same day in Panorama, L.A., a father was electrocuted trying to move a downed powerline that exploded in their yard. His daughter tried to save him but perished as well.
The following year, about 24,000 vehicles were stranded near a winter resort town in Pakistan. At least 21 people died, including six children and their parents, possibly of carbon monoxide poisoning overnight.
The following month, an ISIS leader about to get caught detonated a bomb inside his house that killed his household, including six children. For a lot of parents, it did not make sense.
Texas slaughter of teens
By mid-2022, three brothers, ages 11 to 18, and their cousin with their grandfather were killed by an escaped inmate at their ranch in Leon County, Texas.
The youngest grandson, Hudson Collins, was baptized three days ago in the family’s pool. Their pastor described the family with deep faith and unrelenting kindness and love for others.
Plum house explosion
In 2023, a house explosion on Rustic Ridge Dr. in Plum, Pennsylvania, killed five people. After replacing their water heater with a faulty gas connection, the family asked a gas company neighbor for help.
The neighbor and his 12-year-old son arrived just as the gas gathered in the basement, which ignited upon contact with the pilot light, shattering the entire house in an explosion.
Do we blame God?
It’s easy to blame others or even God for not preventing tragedy. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world where an enemy seeks to devour, steal, kill, or use us to advance his plan (John 10:10). A time will come when evil will disappear, but that time is still to come when Jesus returns.
Where we go after death is more important than this life
There will always be senseless tragedies. God does not always intervene to save people because the kingdom where there’s no evil, tears, or sickness is still to come when Jesus returns. What is sure, all of us have the same end: Death comes to all.
God could be giving you one last chance. God has spoken in the past and revealed His plan for humankind. The prophecy of great tribulation unfolds, and it’s eternal torment for the devils and those who align with them.
The hope we have amid senseless tragedy
Jesus came not to save us from earthly troubles but to prepare our place in heaven (John 12:44-50). “The shorter our life, the longer our heaven,” said Thomas De Witt Talmage. In the meantime, we look forward to the promises of Jesus as we pray for divine protection.
“But those who trust the Lord for help will renew their strength. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.”