Last night as I was watching the evening news I was horrified by
the latest news on ISIS. They burned a
Jordanian pilot alive and taped the whole thing. After this evil deed they dumped rubble on
his dead body. To say I was shaken to
the core would be putting it lightly.
Today I will be exploring my thoughts on the evil we see in this world
and how I deal with it.
The first time I really understood terrorism was on September 11,
2001. That day will forever be burned in my memory. I was living in my hometown at the time. My kids were all in school and I was at home
by myself. I remember seeing the news
reports come on and it was like my brain could not fathom it. I remember I considered getting my kids from
school and bring them home. In an odd
way I felt like I could shield them and protect them as long as they were home
with me. I called my dad and we talked
for a long time. I told him I couldn't understand it. How could this happen? Who could be so evil? My dad calmed me but he also struggled with
it. I had kind of lived in a safe bubble
up to this point. Why was I so naïve?
Last night as I watched the news all those feelings came flooding
back to me. I was sick to my stomach,
edgy, and on the verge of tears. Who
could be so evil? Did the upbringing
they had make them capable of this? As I
prayed for dinner that night I lifted up that pilot’s parents. I prayed that God would give them peace and to
be a comfort to them. Did they see that
video? It made me think of my son. I could not imagine watching him in that same
situation. My heart was breaking for his family.
Once again I was surprised at how I was shaken by the acts of
terrorists. I know there is real
evil. I know who causes it. I know the Bible says Satan is very real and he
seeks to kill and destroy.
1 John 5:19says, "We know
that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the
power of the evil one." Satan has control in the world at this
time. Why wouldn't people be doing evil
I prayed a lot last night. I spoke to God about my feelings and how I
know that He is ultimately in control. He, alone, can give me peace. I’m thankful that I have a Savior who is able
to do this in the middle of chaos. I can
fully rest in Him and His promises. I
can take courage because He has overcome the world.
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your
adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking
someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing
that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by
your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all
grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will
Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish
you." 1 Peter 5:8-11 (NASB)