A Time to Mourn:
I wanted to take the time to note that we are not immune to the tragedy of the shooting in Conn. this past week. We pray that those who are mourning today for their loved ones, will be comforted and given wisdom and strength to pull through these trying times and the days ahead.
I am inclined to look at this in two different spotlights. The first one we all know very well. We live in a fallen world. Sin runs rampart among us. We must realize the evil that exist for us while we live on this earth. There is no escaping it, except through the power of Jesus Christ and God our Father. We must remind ourselves that God did not created this world as we know it now; when He created it, it was perfect and there was no evil living on it. But once Adam and Eve fell - the rest of us did too.
The second one goes a bit deeper for me and I tell you why. There is no doubt in my mind that we are living in the last days. Did you realize that there is nothing that needs to happen, before the 'catching up' also known as 'the rapture'? 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 speaks of this future event. The world is heading into a horrific time in history. I take to heart Isaiah 57:1-2, 'The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil. 2 He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds,Each one walking in his uprightness.' We know little children are innocent, little 6 and 7 years old children have not reach the age of accountability of right and wrong. They are safely in the arms of Jesus those whom we have lost this past week. They have been spared the evil that is about to come upon all of us. Yes; we may very well see a lot more evil before the great day of the Rapture takes place. We just do not know. Jesus said that only the Father knew these things. Matthew 24:36, 'But of that day and hour no one knows not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.'
I pray that each one of us takes stock in our lives. Are we living each day as if the Lord could come any second? If not; shouldn't we be? Ask God for guidance and wisdom to live in these trying times. And may He bless you in every avenue of life. In Christian love; Jan.