Jeremiah 31:15 (ESV)
15 Thus says the LORD: "A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rache …(America)is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more."
Is there anything more shattering and devastating to human sensitivity than the slaughter of the innocent? It is hard to believe that anyone could even imagine committing such a crime as happened today in Sandy Hook School.
How do we account for this?
The Bible says:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jer.17:9 (ESV)
People who commit themselves to evil and wicked acts have so destroyed their soul that they are incapable of human compassion, mercy and do not understand the value of life.Romans 1:28 (ESV)
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
The disturbing reality is that evil does exist and those who ignore it do so to their own harm and sometimes tragically to the harm of others.
Is there hope that can give comfort to us in such times of despair? We begin with praying for those who suffer such evil attacks and for their families. We also weep with them and share words of love and concern. The Bible tells us:
There is …….4 a time to weep, and a time to mourn…. Ecclesiastes 3:4 (ESV)
Job was concerned about the welfare of others.
25 Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? Job 30:25 (ESV)
The Psalmist understood and identified with the sorrows and suffering of others:
Psalm 35:13-14 (ESV)
13 But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest. 14 I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.
Yes the Bible says: “ …weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 (ESV)
So let us weep with those who weep and pray for the God of all grace and comfort to sustain them during this time of their grief and in the coming days of many tears.