I woke one morning last week to read about the shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado. This morning I woke to read about the shooting spree in Haverhill, MA. that resulted in two deaths. This one struck closer to home as it was down the street from our church. At times like this, we often wonder, Where is God in all this?
The answer – God is right on His throne where He always has been & always will be. He has never given up His throne.
The problem is that we live in a fallen & broken world. It is under the control of Satan.
- Jesus referred to Satan as “the prince of the world” in John 12:31
- Paul referred to Satan as “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4) who blinds the minds of unbelievers
- Paul described Satan as “the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.“ (Ephesians 2:2)
Today I want to encourage you, in light of the recent news of the tragedy in Haverhill, to pray for that community. Pray that these events would cause people to cry out to God. Pray for the safety of those living there. Pray for our church & leadership to preach the truth of Scripture in power & anointing each week. Pray that God would keep our church community safe. Pray for protection of our families & children.
May these events remind you of the power of our God & that He will one day right every wrong. May you be reminded that one day, He will return & will banish Satan to eternal torment.
May we also remember that we are overcomers:
“No in ALL these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death not life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, now any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:27-39 NIV).