“They cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’” – Revelation 6:10, NAS
LAS VEGAS — Perched in his suite at a high-rise hotel overlooking the Vegas Strip, a 64-year-old retiree with no real criminal history and no known affiliations with terror groups rained bullets down into a crowd at a country music festival Sunday, killing at least 59 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. –The Washington Post
BATON ROUGE – Ten current or former students at Louisiana State University were arrested Wednesday in connection with the death last month of an 18-year-old freshman who became severely intoxicated during a fraternity hazing ordeal, the latest in a series of student deaths following such rituals. – USA Today
Are you ever overwhelmed by the evil…everywhere? How often do you look at the face of your child, even at their “worst” behavior moment, and want to cocoon them in your home/neighborhood/church forever? Do you ever wonder ‘HOW MUCH LONGER CAN A LOVING, HOLY AND JUST GOD LET EVIL CONTINUE?’
Yet in His scripture, in that “scary” book that “nobody can really understand” because it’s filled with “weird” visuals, The Lord Himself answers.
Beware, His answer may exasperate you….
“…they were told to rest for A LITTLE WHILE LONGER, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.” – Revelation 6:11 NAS
Oh, dear friend, God sees every face that suffers, every violent act. He is El Roi, “The God who Sees”. He saw Hagar leave her
son in the desert because she did not want to watch him die from thirst (Gen 16:13). The Lord responded by providing a well in the desert. He saw Nathanael sitting under the fig tree at a distance that the tree could not be “seen” by human eyes (John 1:48). The Lord responded by inviting Nathanael to follow Him.
Our God sees. And when you are overwhelmed by elementary lockdown drills, senseless violence and evil run amuck stop looking around.
Instead LOOK UP. Look up to focus on the nature and character of God. He reveals Himself in nature (Rom. 1:20) and there is no more beautiful time in our state, in my opinion, to see God reveal Himself than in the next few weeks.
Instead LOOK IN. Look in His word. HE has a message to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11) through an eternal relationship with Him that you can be enjoying today (John 17:3); no matter what evil happens around.