These Little Ones
Children, the elderly, the infirmed, and animals. Those are the groups of the living that I can’t bear to see suffer. They are so dependent on us. They are, in many ways, helpless without someone strong to care for and protect them.
While wild animals don’t really need our protection (they just need us to leave them and their habitats alone), children, the elderly, the infirmed, and domesticated animals do. They also need us to care for and love them in the most selfless way.
When something evil happens to these precious ones, I always ask (along with the rest of the world) why. Why do things like the Connecticut school shooting have to happen?
Why Lord? Why do the children have to die and other children have to see such horror? Why do the parents have to lose their children and suffer the worst kind of pain a parent can have?
The Lord brought to mind what Jesus said about children:
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!
…See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:1-7,10
I am the first to tell you that I don’t know why things like the massacre happen. Jesus told us that they would happen, but He did not tell us why. So I must conclude that while I am on this earth I may never know why.
Jesus warns us in this passage (among others) how precious children are to our Heavenly Father. God the Father will deal with every single offense man has ever committed, including this one.
Our job is to trust Him in that. He is the righteous judge who gave His only son’s life to pay for all offenses. Yes, even this one.
If this tragedy shows us anything, let it show us how merciful God is because He paid for all our sin – the worst of our sin – through His only Son Jesus. Let it remind us the terrible price He paid to save us from an eternal hell.
If ever there was a time to trust the Living God, it is now.
Do not think that God has moved from His throne, my heartbroken friends. He has not, nor will He. Trust Him and wait. Pray for the families of the tragedy. Pray for the lost who know nothing of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Pray and wait and trust. Remember; trust is easy when things are going the way we want. But trust is independent of what we see. We trust our Father in Heaven because He is true.
And no matter what happens, He still loves us with an everlasting love. He is still there, dear friends. He is still there.