A school shooting.
A mall shooting.
Another school shooting.
With so much going on in the world today, it’s easy to forget certain TRUTHS from the Bible. We get caught up in our emotions when bad things happen to us and around us. We start asking “Why?” and “How?” Sometimes we may even get angry. However, remembering what the Bible says can help us in times such as these. Below are 6 Biblical Truths to always remember when tragedy strikes.
1. Do not be afraid.
- “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” -Psalm 27:1
- “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”-Psalm 23:4
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6
2. You can mourn. The Lord will give you comfort.
- “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4
- “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18:
- “He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.” -Job 5:11
3. Try to be strong. But if you can’t, it’s okay. Walk in His strength instead.
- “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
4. Encourage one another
- “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” -2 Corinthians 13:11
- “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” –1 Thessalonians 5:11
5. Do not seek revenge
- “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” -Romans 12:17-19
- “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” -1 Peter 3:9
6. The Lord will give you peace.
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” -John 14:27
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” -John 16:33
I wanted to write this post when the school shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida. I decided not to.
I began writing this post after my former supervisor was killed during a shootout at a mall in my hometown (Not even 50 feet from where my mom lay sleeping in bed that day). I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.
I finished this post after hearing of the murder of an innocent 17 year old girl at Huffman High School in my place of birth —-Birmingham, AL.
I couldn’t wait anymore. I knew my city, my state, my country, my friends, and my family needed a reminder of these 6 Biblical Truths— of the Lord’s promises. That’s what the Bible mostly is— A Book of Promises. Promises to love us and keep us no matter the circumstances, no matter the tragedy.
Let’s continue to go to the Word of God in days and times such as this. Let’s continue to BE LIFTED.
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