Publishers note: I wrote this article to address the Virginia Tech Tragedies as well as any tragedy you may be going through yourself. At the end of this article I provide some tips on how to keep you and your family safe. This article has been divided into two parts. Both parts, I and II, are on this page.
Part I: Dealing With Tragedies
Part II: How to Protect Your Family
Dealing With Tragedies
In light of the Virginia Tech Tragedy and the other shootings recently, I felt the need to just remind everyone that God is still a good God. Many have asked, why did this happen to such young, innocent people? How can God be a good God when such a tragedy has occurred like the one at Virginia Tech? Well, have we all forgotten something here? Hello, there is a devil out there. He walks about daily, seeking whom he may devour. (1st Peter 5:8) Maybe hes the killer? Maybe the devil is the one that talked that young man into killing those professors and students, as well as himself. One thing I know for sure, it wasnt God. God is not to blame. And besides, a tragedy occurring does not void the fact that God isa good God!
Tragic Events are Orchestrated by the Hand of the Enemy
The Bible says in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy." I think that is evidence enough that the devil was the one who caused death on the campus of Virginia Tech. I heard one man describing what he had witnessed to CNN. He said, I seen God moving and I seen the devil moving. While the devil was there to kill, God was there to save lives. In contrast, God is a good God but the devil is a bad devil. Lets not blame God for the things the devil is doing.
I believe, with all my heart, that God did save lives on campus that day. How many lives were saved because God intervened is something we may never know. However, I realize that doesnt mean much to those who lost loved ones on the same day. My heart goes out to them! And, my heart goes out to the family of the gunman. Imagine how they must be feeling? They have a son they love and are very proud of, but after turning on CNN, suddenly they find out he has just killed 32 people. And then they find out later that he has killed himself. Things couldnt get much worse for that family. There are no words to describe how they must be feeling. The shooters family is not only dealing with a very public tragedy they are dealing with a personal and private one as well. They lost a son and a brother! And whats worse, hes the reason others are dead.
A statement issued by the gunmans sister, Sun-Kyung Cho, on the family's behalf, said they felt hopeless, helpless, and lost. This family is a victim in the Virginia Tech shootings as well as the other families. Lets hold them up in our prayers. Lets pray for all the families that are involved in this tragic event that has been labeled as the worst massacre in the history of the United States of America.
What About You?
Are You Going Through a Personal Tragedy?
Does Anyone Care About You?
I want to address your situation. Perhaps you have suffered a tragedy recently? Do you feel as if God doesnt care about you and is oblivious to what youre going through? Are you thinking that maybe this God youre serving isnt such a good God after all? Perhaps all the love that has been bestowed upon the families of the Virginia Tech tragedy has made you feel even more depressed and alone. Maybe thats because no one has even noticed that you are hurting. Well, I can assure you that people care about you. God cares even more. The Bible says in 1st Peter 5:7 that we are to cast all our cares on Him for He cares for us. If youre going through something hard right now just cast it over on the Lord. Allow him to care for you. He will lift your burdens. Matthew 11:30 says, "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Allow Jesus to lighten your burden.
The devil wants you to think that no one cares about you, especially God. Be aware of that and dont fall prey to his conniving thoughts. The devil will lie to you from the moment you get out of bed until you fall asleep again at night. Dont allow the thoughts he brings to you to penetrate your mind. My daughter Jessica has a favorite verse. Let me share it with you. Its in 2nd Corinthians 10:5. It says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
When the devil brings you a thought that is contrary to what the Word of God says, cast that thought down. Instead of listening to the devil get your Bible out and read what God is saying to you about your life and your situation. Dont listen to the devil. Do you remember what happened to Eve when she started listening to the devil? She got both herself, and her husband, thrown out of the Garden of Eden.
Caution: There are consequences to listening to the devil. If you start listening to him you might start believing what he is saying.
If you have suffered a tragedy allow God to turn things around for your good. I mentioned this scripture in my last article and its worth mentioning again. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
No matter what type of tragic situation you have encountered, God can turn it around for your good.
I want to encourage you to keep on keeping on for God. Dont allow the things the devil has caused in the last little while to get you off track. We dont know why a young man went insane and started killing. We dont know why innocent lives were taken. I dont know why youre going through the things youre going through right now. But there is one thing I do know; I know in spite of tragedies and the devils liesGod is still a good God.
Protecting Your Family
The tragedy like the one that happened at Virginia Tech does not have to happen to you and your family. Brothers and Sisters, according to Psalms 91, we need not be afraid of the terror by night or the arrow that flies by day. We are the Children of God and Gods Word provides us with, not only salvation for our souls and healing for our bodies, but protection and deliverance from evil as well. And as Gods Children we need to put into action what is available to us through His Word.
As a Child of God you can
Cover your family with the Blood of Jesus everyday! (The Blood Provides Protection)
Quote and claim Gods promises for yourself as well as your loved ones. (Take time to call out the names of each family member as well as your own name.)
Quoting and claiming scriptures for good health, salvation, long life etc. is what I like to call Preventive Prayer. I have a theory on this. If you pray for what you want to come to pass, what you dont want to come to pass, wont! Youve heard the old saying about preventive medicine havent you? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can head off the devil by praying preventively
Claim the 91st Psalm.
Be aware of Angels. I want to point out the Angel of the Lord is encamped around those that fear God. He is there to watch over us and protect us. (ReadPsalm 34:7 and )
I cant say this strong enough, quoting and claiming scriptures is only a part of what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the enemy. Living a holy life before God is of the urgent most importance. If youre not living a holy life before God quoting scriptures isnt going to do you much good, now is it? The Bible says in 1st Peter 3:12, "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous; and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
Be realistic people. Only if you are a Child of God do you have any right to claim Gods promises. So, if youre not saved, lets take care of that right now. click here
Were Shielded and Protected
From the Outside World
A long time ago I heard a sister in the Lord say something about living in a bubble. I cant recall exactly how she said it, but the part about living in a bubble stuck with me. As Gods Children we can live in a spiritual bubble, so to speak, completely shielded and protected from the outside world. But the devil would like nothing more than to burst our bubble and fill our hearts and minds with worry. Therefore, we must stand firm on Gods Word and not allow him to do that. God is in control and He will protect us. If He didnt, He wouldnt be much of a Father would He?
Psalms 37:23 says, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighteth in his way." We can delight in our way free from the worry of tragedy. God is an all seeing God and He will not lead His children into an area where He knows there is going to be danger. We can rest assured of that. Have you ever changed your mind about going somewhere? Or perhaps, you went on but you decided to go another way? Well quite possibly there was a reason for that. God just may have been redirecting your footsteps to keep you safe.
Until next time, remember, God is a good Goddont let the devil tell you different!
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