So, before I get into the topic of this blog post, I want to apologize for not blogging last weekend and tell you about what I got to do. Last Thursday through Sunday, I was at Liberty University for College for a Weekend, where I got to stay in a dorm with a current student and live the college life for a few days. And let me just tell you, God so strongly reaffirmed that LU is exactly where he wants me to be for the next four years. We got to sit in on classes where they open in prayer, we went to Convocation with about 12,000 other students, we worshiped God in a tunnel, cheered the Flames on at a football game, and had a crazy busy and fun weekend! Last Sunday was spent catching up on homework, but now I’m back and ready to write.
So as all of you know, Paris was attacked Friday night, and the whole world has been responding in prayer, support, and fear. A lot of people have been asking why God let’s things like this happen, and what are we supposed to do about it. I just wanted to share my viewpoint with you all to hopefully bring light to the situation.
I believe that as bad as a tragedy like this is, God is working in it and is bringing good out of it. But, I don’t think that God initiated the attack. I believe that Satan does have control in this earthly world, and bad things like this are going to happen and according to God’s word, keep getting worse until the day Jesus returns. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul is teaching Timothy about the world and how to handle what is coming. In 3:13 he says, “evil doers and impostors will go from bad to worse.” The whole third and fourth chapters really describes what I see in the world right now. If you want to go read the whole passage, click here. But Paul doesn’t stop with the bad that is going to happen. He tells Timothy, and all of us, what we are to do when these things come. He says, “I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction… Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 3:1-2,5). It seems like when things like this happen, we want to shrink back in fear instead of stepping out in faith. However, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). He has called us to be prepared to boldly declare our faith.
What breaks my heart about the attack is that not all of those people knew Jesus. It’s really sad, but there isn’t much that we can do about the past. However, we can affect the future. What are you doing in your life right now to share your faith with people that don’t know Jesus? Anything? Because if more of this violence is going to keep happening, we can’t waste any time. We NEED to step out in faith right now. We need to reach the lost. I’m not scared of dying because I know exactly where I will be going, but I am honestly terrified for so many in our nation and around the world because they don’t have Jesus as their Savior. I don’t want death to be the end for them. We as Christians can’t afford to shrink back in fear. Psalm 118:6-7 says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.” We have heaven as our hope, so there’s absolutely no need for us to be scared for ourselves. But, there is a need for us to proclaim Christ to those whom we are scared for.
The thing is, the devil wants us to shrink back in terror. He wants us to be scared of the future. He wants us to lose hope and faith. And you know what? We aren’t doing that. We are standing strong in support for France and all those affected in global tragedies. We are sending teams over there to bring relief and hope. We are standing together as a nation and as a world. And we need to be praying and sharing our faith to bring hope to whomever we can. In tragedies like this, it reminds me of the time to come. Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” There is a day coming filled with hope, joy, laughter, and abundant life! Let’s look forward to that day as we live for God in the present.
Will you pray with me?
Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us closer as a nation in times like these when tragedy strikes unexpectedly. Please be with your world and send a peace over everyone affected. Please bring healing to your broken people. Please give us as Christians hope that you will be glorified and reigning in victory in the future. Help us in the meantime to spread your word all over the world to the people who are lost and don’t know what to do in tragedy. Help us to stand strong for our faith and not shrink back in fear like the devil wants us to. We love you Father, and we know that you hold the whole world in your hands. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.