Many in our Pensacola community are asking that very question right now.
Where was God when Naval Air Station Pensacola went under fire this morning? Does God even care? Why would He allow something like this to happen? Where was He when a gunman attacked a classroom full of unarmed naval flight officers training to serve our country?
I don't have all the answers, but here's what I do know...
Jesus doesn’t just simply stand by and watch His people hurt. When Jesus approached Lazarus’ grave He was "deeply moved and greatly troubled” (John 11:33) …then Jesus wept. The people there witnessing Jesus' response said in amazement, “See how much He loved him!” Our Lord, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth, who was there at the beginning of time, is not only a God of great authority and power, but also a God of compassion.
He doesn’t just watch His people suffer from afar, He dwells among us. He mourns at the loss of His image-bearers (Genesis 1:27) actively interceding on behalf of His children (John 17:20-23).
It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be hurt.
Even Jesus did all of those things. But amidst all the sin and suffering in our broken world let us not forget that our God promises He is there with us. We are never alone.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."