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To Be at Rest

“Virtually all violence originates with the power of darkness.”~ Jesus the One and Only

12 Dead and at Least 50 Wounded.”

That headline screams at us from our computer screens and televisions today as our hearts hit the floor and we try to comprehend the senseless taking of these lives. Sorrow climbs up my throat and spills out my eyes as I try to grasp the horror of it…

This young man, what doors did he open to be filled with such violence, the unstoppable urge to terrorize and destroy? …”Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Eph. 4:26) How much anger must have possessed him that he allowed such an opportunity?

His family, what incomprehensible sorrow and regret they must be feeling.

The victims…Is there a spectator in our country who isn’t completely devestated for them? Lord, “Bless() those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Immediately I react with fear. We are not safe. My children are growing up in a world diseased with violence and terrorism. As I stare at the computer screen and read about the tragedy this word keeps beating in my mind: chaos. Our world is in chaos.

But…

God has given us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Tim. 1:7)

On behalf of our world, for those who suffer from violence and those who cause it, cry out with me to the Prince of Peace. “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Cor.14:33.)”

We must turn our hearts toward God. We must pray and remember that for now satan is “the ruler of this world…but he will be cast out(John 12:30.)”

We must put on the full armor of God: “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord   and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,   so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,   but against the rulers, against the authorities,   against the powers   of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,   so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,   with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,   with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation   and the sword of the Spirit,   which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit   on all occasions   with all kinds of prayers and requests.   With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying   for all the Lord’s people. (Eph. 6:10-18)”

Trust in His promises. For, “The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our Fortress (Psalms 46:7)”

 “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”  ―    Corrie Ten Boom

 
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