And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6 NIV
Our Condolences to the families of the Pittsburgh victims who were martyrs for their faith in God.
The tragedies occurring on a daily basis reflect our human limitations in the systematic plan of life. In spite of our diligent efforts, we are unable to make any society or nation great. We are unable to prevent biblical prophecies from being fulfilled which speak of a progressive escalation of violence and death. It grieves our hearts to learn of our brothers and sisters losing their lives on a global scale. The question is asked, “Will there ever be a time of peace again?”
Historically, since the inception of sin, there has never been peace or a time without death.
“The LORD God made garments of skin and clothed Adam and his wife.” Genesis 3:21 BSB
“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field that Cain rose up against Abel and killed him.” Genesis 3:8
When God forewarned Adam and Eve that disobedience would lead to death; animal death was required to clothe Adam and Eve, and even the sting of death infiltrated the heavenly realm:
“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might Deliver Us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” Galatians 1:3-4
Even Jesus, the Son of God was required to give up divinity to take on humanity, and give His life for the remission of sin. It took blood to cleanse and redeem us from the terrible tragedy of sin. The outcome appears bleak; so, what are we to do when death and destruction are inevitable?
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God, because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.” Romans 12:1 NIV
God’s divine plan provides hope and comfort for those who commit themselves by faith. Never forget that Jesus was resurrected and has all glory and power in His hands!
Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. John:14 1-3 CEV
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4 16-17
“He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am coming quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
Prayer for today: Dear God, We pray for the comfort of the bereaved families of those who were killed in Pittsburgh. We pray for your Divine intervention and peace as we prepare ourselves daily for your Second Coming. We give you all the honor and the glory as we ask you to forgive us for our sins. We look forward to a New Heaven and a New Earth. In your Holy name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz