There is not a quick answer to this question.
First and foremost, we must remember that we live in a FALLEN WORLD.
ROMANS 5:19 says, “Because one person disobeyed God [speaking of Adam and Eve], many became sinners…”
It was the disobedience of Adam and Eve that ushered sin into society and the result is we all have inherited this sin nature.
We may have a natural tendency to sin, but we choose whether or not to do so.
The greatest POWER God has given us is the POWER to choose.
DEUTERONOMY 30:19 says, “Today I have given you the CHOICE between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the CHOICE you make. Oh, that you would CHOOSE life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
We have been given the power to choose, but because people make poor choices people get hurt.
As tragic life can be… the good news is that God will not give you more than what “HE” can handle and “HE” has the power to rework a horrific situation into good. He is the MASTER WEAVER!
GENESIS 50:20 says, “As for you, you MEANT evil against me, but God MEANT it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
The word MEANT is used twice. It’s a Hebrew word, which carries the idea of INVENTING, DEVISING or WEAVING something together.
What GENESIS 50:20 is communicating is that what man has woven for evil God has the POWER to re-weave for good; He is the master weaver.
That means no matter what happens in our life, God is BIG enough to RE-WEAVE our experiences into something good.
He is powerful enough to take our tough circumstances and build a masterpiece that brings Him glory and helps fulfill His purpose in any given circumstance.
ROMANS 8:28 says, “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans.”
In tragic times, like what happened in Sandy Hook, we need to remember that Satan is not on equal ground with God.
God does not have a COUNTERPART; He has “NO EQUAL” opposite.
Satan is a fallen angel, not a Deity. Satan was created. God is UNCREATED. Satan is finite, God is INFINITE.
This means whatever Satan intends for evil, God can THWART, RECYCLE, or RE-ROUTE for GOOD.
Bottom line is that God is a better chess player; He always CHECKMATES Satan. What Satan intends to bring in as evil, God says, “Oh, no… I can turn that into something good.”
So Jesus… we pray that you RE-WEAVE the Sandy Hook tragedy into good. May it bring You more glory than ever and people will come to know Your greatness even in a time of such unthinkable tragedy!
Rick Bulman is the Senior Pastor at New Hope Foursquare Church in Bellingham, Washington. He is a normal guy (actually, depends on who you ask) who loves Jesus. His faith is real and he tries to live life as transparent as possible. Rick is married and has 4 amazing kids! To see all articles by Rick-Bulman Click Here!