It is obvious that Satan knows his time is short because he has unleashed all hell against humanity. A five-year-old gun toting kindergartner and the senseless murder of pre-teen girl in a small rural community are heartbreaking enough. Add to that all the grown-up violence, tragedies, the brutal murder of civilians via chemical weapons, and the threat of U.S. military action in retaliation, and it becomes apparent that the world is spinning out of control. Relief workers and missionaries who want to help the hungry, sick, and impoverished around the world face persecution and death in the very countries they go to serve.
Is any place safe? Only one place that I know of -- the shelter of God's loving embrace. May we not live in fear of the turmoil around us but rather seek refuge in the shadow of His wings. May our sensitivity be heightened in a time when we have become so desensitized to the plight of our fellow man. Rather than seclude ourselves in the comfort of our suburban lifestyle let us have the courage to face and slay the giants that are destroying the lives of those around us -- poverty, illness, family crisis, hunger -- and serve alongside God to make this world a better place as we not only meet physical needs but also share the Good News so that others may find their salvation in Christ.
Many are the tyrants and enemies that seek to steal, kill, and destroy any good in this world. But how great is our God who has already overcome through the precious blood of the Lamb! We must do the work of the One who has sent us -- while there is still time.
Originally published in The Collierville Herald, September 12, 2013.
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