Blog – 11-18-15
The attacks in Paris last weekend confirm one thing…we live in a crazy world and these are scary times. When we hear reports of terrorism happening at random events and innocent people being gunned down, it’s hard not to be fearful. It’s hard to not ask the question, “Where is God in the midst of all this?”
I don’t pretend to have any answers, but I do know what God’s word says. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul writes, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
As we break that verse down, I am amazed at how these words written over 2,000 years ago fit so perfectly with our world today. They can provide incredible comfort and peace as we apply them to the events of today.
First it talks about being hard pressed on every side, but not crushed. It definitely feels like evil is coming at us from all directions. Our schools don’t feel safe. Our cities are under attack. Innocent people are being killed for no reason. Yet Paul’s words still ring true, the human spirit is not crushed. God’s love is still everywhere around us. We are NOT crushed by the senseless acts of violence around us as long as we keep our eyes on our Heavenly Father.
Paul goes on to say that we are perplexed, but not in despair. This one is a little harder to understand because I know many of us do feel confusion and despair about the horrible violence around us. But even though we may feel we are at the end of our ropes, we are never at the end of hope! Hope lives on, even when we can’t make sense of life. I believe we can cry out to God with our questions and our concerns, and He will once again gently reveal to us the power of Christ living in and among us. If we go to Him with our questions and wait expectantly, I believe He will give us His peace.
The third part says we are persecuted, but not abandoned. Many of us feel persecuted, like we just can’t catch a break in life. We lose a job we love because of downsizing, a wife is taken because of cancer, our kid’s walk away from their faith and their family, innocent people are killed. Life is full of persecution, but the Good News is God is still there. He will never leave us…NEVER! We can always go to God with our fears and our hurts, and because of His amazing love and mercy, they can become opportunities for Him to demonstrate His healing power in us. What comfort to know that we are never in this alone!
Finally it says that we are struck down, but not destroyed. Amen to that! This weekend I witnessed people coming together on Facebook and on all sorts of media pledging to fight this insidious evil. I saw people holding strong to the ideal that we will not bow down to this evil. What is meant to destroy us is uniting people and causing a resurgence of the human spirit to love and protect the gift of life.
When you read the Old Testament you realize that the world has always been a pretty scary place. If you’re like me and you need to have some peace and hope in the chaos of life, if you need comfort in these scary times, remember God IS alive and well and He IS in control! He invites us to go to the author and perfector of life to find comfort…His loving arms.
~Hugs and love,
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