The world has awoken once again to devastating news. Reports about the shooting in Las Vegas October 1 are horrific: more than 50 people murdered and hundreds injured by a gunman bent on extreme violence.
And we cry out to God.
“I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.” Psalm 69:29
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria have ravaged the US, killing more than 100 people, causing billions of dollars in long term damage and leaving millions destitute.
And we cry out to God.
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114-115
Violence and disaster in the Americas, in the Middle East, in Africa, in Europe, in Asia, in Oceana: we mourn with those who mourn.
The Bible, while a treasure of hope for times of despair, does not shy away from the cries of the sorrowful. Read the book of Lamentations and the Psalms of Lament:
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Psalm 119:50
And read Bible Gateway Blog posts that provide perspective about God and suffering:
- A Prayer for Wisdom Amid Violence
- What Does the Bible Say About Violence?
- Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?
- Mourning With Those Who Mourn: Reflections on the Violence in Orlando
- Prayers for Brussels
- Mourning With Those Who Mourn: Looking for Answers to the Terror in Paris
- How Should We Respond to the Boston Marathon Bombing?
- As Connecticut School Shooting Details Emerge: Pray
- God our Refuge and Strength: Reflections on Tragedy
- Remembering 9/11: Finding Hope in God in the Aftermath of Tragedy
- What Does the Bible Say About Suffering?: An Interview with Brian Han Gregg
- Hope in Suffering: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada
- The Beyond Suffering Bible: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada
- Good God and Suffering: An Interview with Lucas Miles
- The Problem of God: An Interview with Mark Clark
- Why Belief in the Bible is Rational: An Interview with K. Scott Oliphint
- Sex & Violence in the Bible: An Interview with Joseph W. Smith III
- See God in the Midst of Your Adversity: An Interview with Lacey Buchanan
- No More Faking Fine: An Interview with Esther Fleece
- Fear and Joy to the World – Guest Post by Philip Yancey
- Violence, the Bible, and the Sikh Temple
- What Does the Bible Say About Religious Extremism?
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