These past couple weeks have been filled with tragedies for our country, especially in Orlando, Florida. I am sure you have seen these stories shared numerous times on your Facebook feed and talked about 24/7 on the news. The thought that life is unpredictable and any day we could be hit by a tragedy like that is frightening. However, as believers, we have the gift of hope because we know the One who holds our personal futures and the future of our country in His hands. Nothing slips by Him that He did not expect. He is never shocked and never overwhelmed. A few months ago I was watching a live Periscope stream with Gretchen Saffles of Life Lived Beautifully Ministry, and she said something which has stuck with me since then. The Lord has frequently spoken this into my life, “Faith trumps fear.” If that is true then we were made and redeemed to be fearless in the Lord. These trials should not cause us to quake in fear and to crumble under the weight of anxiety. We are strong in the Lord.
How then, are we to respond when tragedy hits? When Israel went into captivity as a result of their sins, Jeremiah instructed the Israelites to mourn over the tragedy and to cry out. Jeremiah 9:20 (KJV), “Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbor lamentation.” The Lord is not insensitive to what goes on in our world, He is deeply saddened about all the lives which have been taken due to violence, illness, and poverty. It is difficult to wrap our minds around why God would allow these terrible tragedies to occur. As believers who trust that our God is a God of wisdom and a God who has the power to heal all the brokenness caused by sin, our first response to these awful incidents should be to run towards the Lord and cry out to Him with wailing. We are to bring our brokenness before His throne and lay down these burdens for others and for our world at His feet. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV), “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
As we pray let us beg the Lord to sing over and clothe our aching world in the hope and peace which only He can provide. A song called Sing Along by Christy Nockels proclaims a beautiful message of how we should react to the hurts of our world. The first verse and chorus says,
“From babies hidden in the shadows
To the cities shining bright
There are captives weeping
Far from sight
For every doorway has a story
And some are holding back the cries
But there is One who hears at the night
Wrap Your arms around this world tonight
Around the world tonight
And when You hear our cries
Sing through the night
So we can join in Your song
And sing along
We’ll sing along.
Our futures are unpredictable to us. We can quickly get caught up in anxiety over what is to come. However, in the love of Christ there is no fear for we know He is in control of all, and He is running alongside us in this journey called life. We are told in the Scriptures that our God cares for every single worry we hold in our hearts. He cares for each sparrow attentively; therefore we know that He will provide for us even more carefully. Proverbs 31:25 (ESV), “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” The Proverbs 31 woman believes the truth of Psalm 91:4, that she is secure under the refuge of her Lord’s mighty wings. That security is not dependent on circumstances going on around her. The Lord will remain her shield no matter what President runs her country or what terrorist tries to steal God’s glory and the joy of His people. The Bible says we shall not be overcome because the Lord is with us. No matter what happens to our physical bodies, our souls will forever be in the hands of God. We have an eternal promise of hope to lean upon. As mighty warriors of the one true King, we can say Psalm 27:1 with boldness, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Instead of turning to worry which steals our joy in Christ, let us turn to the Lord, the Prince of Peace. Let us turn our fears over to Him and grip tight to this truth, Revelation 21:4 (ESV), “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
My friends, before I go, I would like to pray a prayer for myself, my fellow believers, and our world.
Dear Father God,
Sin has left us broken and only you can mend and heal us. You are the ultimate doctor. Please wash us clean in your hope and peace. Fill us with it. We are in desperate need of you. Please take away all the anxiety we have stored within our hearts. Please remind our souls that you are in control of our “chaos”. Please help us as believers to be brilliant flames radiating Your glory in the midst of darkness and tragedy. All glory, honor, and praise be to You, my Lord and my Hope.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank you all for reading. Let us be surround our world in prayer today, dear prayer warriors. God bless you and have a wonderful week.
In Christ’s Love,