Tonight is a night for quiet. Politicians have been speaking incessantly since the Orlando tragedy. Reporters have editorialized every aspect of the investigation. Talk show hosts and radio hosts have asked experts an untold number of questions. Neighbors asked neighbors about the shooter’s motives. Questions are flying everywhere. We talk and talk and talk, trying to find answers, but the answers won’t come to us through human agencies.
So tonight I urge you to sit in quiet and listen to what really matters. Hear the cries of those mourning. Tune your hearts to the sounds of those weeping for their loved ones. Be attentive to the sounds of suffering around you. Listen to the world groan.
And, then, hear God say, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Know that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was One who suffered. Know that the Only Begotten of God agonized on the cross to take away our sin. Know that His mother, Mary, stayed at the foot of that gruesome cross weeping for her son. Listen to God groan for the world.
The Orlando tragedy, like all tragedy, will leave us with more questions than answers. Why does man do what man does? Why did this man do what he did?
And then ask God to answer this question for you: Why did One Man, Jesus Christ, die on a cross? God desires to answer this question for you through the Scriptures and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Listen to God through His word, and you will find the answers to all your questions.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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