The headlines are ominous:
- Isis attacks French Church During Mass –Priest’s Throat Slit.
- Terrorist Cell Plots Attack for Brazil Olympics.
- Racial Tension in United States Hits Breaking Point
Where does it end? Should we stay home from church? the mall? the grocery store?
You would think that our world has gone completely mad.
I would never minimizing the pain of a hurting world and what’s going on now. But here’s the thing, if I were a hundred years old right now, this is just some of the things that I would have already seen.
1918-1919 Spanish Flu Epidemic killed around 50 million people.
1921 Drought destroyed crops in Soviety Union. Lenin doesn’t even admit that there’s a problem and sends no help.
1931 Massive flooding on Yellow and Yangtze rivers in China leads to drowning and subsequent diseases.
1947-1981 Cold War.
1912 Titanic sank, killing over 1500.
1914 World War I — Supposedly the “War to end all wars.” 9 million soldiers killed, millions more wounded.
1929 Stock Market crashes, initiating the Great Depression.
1933-1949 The Holocaust.
1940-1941 The Blitzkrieg.
1940-1945 World War II — 1939-1945.
1957-1958 Asian famine kills millions.
1961 Bay of Pigs disaster.
1972 Eleven Israeli coaches/athletes killed during Munich Olympics.
1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis holds the United States on edge. 52 diplomats and other Americans held for 444 days.
1986 Chernobyl disaster.
2010 Haiti earthquake. Over 230,000 killed.
Where was God in all of this? He was right where He was supposed to be–on His throne, and saddened by all that He saw.
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5*)”
However, the same God wants us to be encouraged. In Philippians 4:8, the Bible says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Even if you are a non-Believer, I simply ask you to think of these things:
…a beautiful and healthy baby was born.
…a child took his first step, with a proud family looking on with camera in hand.
…a toddler first glimpsed the vast ocean for the first time and felt the sand between her toes.
…a young woman procured the new job she was praying for.
…a father received a raise.
…a mom realized her new business venture was a hit.
…a loving married couple saw a positive on a pregnancy test after years of praying for a child.
…a flower bloomed.
…the sun came up.
…we all took a breath of oxygen.
…the world went on.
“Take heart, I have overcome the world.” (Words from Jesus Christ, John 16:33.)
Note: All scripture was taken from http://www.biblegateway.com.this Morning some i