There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. Proverbs 21:30
Yesterday a young man named Adam killed.
He killed strangers.
He killed children.
He killed his mother.
Adam sinned. Where was God?
I want to tell you how this makes sense. I want to look up a series of verses and construct a theological defense about how this was supposed to happen. I want to tell you anything that will make this seem less horrific.
But I can’t.
I can’t justify that 20 families will never see their children graduate. I can’t gloss over the fact that this year, 10 days from, there will be presents that won’t be opened. There will be weddings that never occur, books that will never be written, dreams that will never come true.
All because this one man Adam sinned. Where was God?
I can’t tell you why this happened. But I can tell you where God was; He was in that school. He was in that room. He was right next to each child as they took their last breath. His heart broke with each bullet that left that gun.
And he was in control of it all.
Adam did not slip past God to enter that school. The gun could have jammed. School was not canceled. The kids were not sick that day. Domino after domino, a thousand details could have prevented this event from happening; but it did.
God was not absent on this day. He was not unable to stop Adam. He could have intervened a million ways. But he did not.
Do not equate human tragedy with God’s helplessness.
God is sovereign.
God is wise.
God is good.
Nothing can happen on this earth without filtering through these truths first.
Then Job replied to the LORD:
I know you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, Who is this that [disagrees] with my plans without knowledge?
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand.
Please keep them in your prayers. God is not done with Newtown.