Friday, April 19, 2013

Tragedy and Evil

In light of the tragedy of the Boston bombings, Christians should reflect on what God has told us in His Word.

Second Timothy 3:1 states: "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days." Also in that passage it states that people will be lovers of themselves, brutal, and not lovers of good.

Obviously, we have seen this played out on our televisions. Men who acted brutally, and who acted out of evil.

First Peter 5:8-9 says: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings."

God has warned us in His Word to be on the watch because our enemy is just looking for someone to use. As the scripture from First Peter says, we must resist the devil and stand firm in our faith. The enemy may seem strong when he shows his evil in acts like that in Boston.

But, remember First John 4:4b: "the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."

Our God is stronger! Our enemy is defeated - he knows his days are numbered so he must try to hurt the heart of God while he can. But, one day, my brothers and sisters in Christ, God will say - "No more!" Until that day, we stand firm in our faith and shout the name of Jesus in the devil's face. Then, we show Christ's love to those who suffer from the evil one's fallout.

Lord, comfort those who are hurting as only You can.

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