Pathway’s 40 days of prayer campaign runs from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, March 31. Join us as we unite as a church in prayer. Our theme verse for the campaign is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Starting on Wednesday, February 14, join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we all pray together at 7:14am and 7:14pm. Devotionals and prayer topics will be posted on FB and on our website on a regular basis. Be sure to let us know what’s on your mind and heart throughout these 40 days by using #PBCPRAY40 wherever you post!
Watching or reading the news every day can be depressing. You could easily become overwhelmed hearing daily about some natural disaster across the world, or another shooting within the country, or some terrible accident that happened in your city. The temptation is to wonder, “Where is God in all of this? Why isn’t He doing anything? How could a loving God allow this to happen?”
The short answers are: 1) God is where He has always been: On His throne and sovereign over the victories and the tragedies of life. He is also near to the broken hearted and saves those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). 2) The Lord is always at work, even when we don’t notice it (John 5:17). 3) God is love (1 John 4:16), but He doesn’t love like the world does, because His love is holy and full of justice, and His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). Our loving God permits sin and free will choices, but even what is intended for evil, God sovereignly can redeem and use for good purposes (Genesis 50:20).
I know these answers can be difficult to accept when someone is in a place of grief and sorrow, so provide time to mourn and vent in a healthy way and be a steady and consistent presence for others, and pray for them and with them, and answer questions when they are ready. Remind them (and ourselves) during disasters of God’s faithfulness and mercy in the past, His nearness in the present, and His promises for the future, and pray that these truths hold us steady until the disaster has passed.