How to Find Hope in Tragedy

An entire nation is in shock as people try to make sense of the tragedy in Las Vegas, where more than fifty people were killed and hundreds injured as a shooter attacked a concert late on Sunday night. It is the deadliest mass shooting is U.S. history. Authorities, families, and the injured are still trying to make sense of the destruction and loss of life.

Across the ocean, France is asking similar questions following an attack at a train station in Marseille, where two women were killed by an assailant. While the motive is not certain, terror is increasing across that country, as this incident follows a string of attacks that have shaken public confidence in their safety for the last several years. A similar cold-blooded attack occurred in Canada this past weekend as well.

These tragedies point us to a sign of the end that Jesus once gave—“because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). It seems that in these last days, people are casting off their God-given affections and concern for others and “evil men and impostors” are growing “worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13). More and more, people are distancing themselves from the influence of the Holy Spirit—and lives are being torn apart.

Yet even today, we are invited to find courage in the transforming power of God’s love, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). And the apostle John implores, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; …There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:17–19).

This hope is based on the love that God has demonstrated for us through His Son. As we allow Jesus to transform our lives by the example and indwelling of His love, we are able to live with hope as we face the troubled future.

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