Yesterday was a strange mix for me.
Not a mix of activities, but a mix of information.
Our history class had carefully told the horrible, but true facts of the acts of those who committed violence against the innocent in opposition to the Reconstruction after the Civil War.
I’d read a blog about bullying and the horror they had inflicted upon another.
My daughter asked me about the attack on the Ukraine: why was it happening?
Earlier, I’d read that very question as the title of an article from a news source.
A thread seemed to be the same throughout.
Those causing the violence felt completely justified in their behavior.
“How can anyone think it’s okay to hurt others like this?” my daughter asked.
And the Lord answered clearly for me.
“It goes all the way back to the beginning.”
Genesis 4:6-9NKJV — So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Murder of innocent people is a direct consequence of a life in rebellion against God.
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
The violence being distributed is horrifying and it’s understandable why our hearts are outraged at these abuses.
For the follower of Christ it is our responsibility to stand in prayer for others.
To recognize the real truth behind this kind of behavior and to remember we have an adversary.
1 Peter 5:8 KJV — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Although, our attention is grabbed by the people inflicting these atrocities, the battle is not with them.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV — For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The spiritual battle is often overlooked, but the Bible makes it clear that the enemy is the one who steals, kills, and destroys.
As followers of Christ Jesus, we have hope for eternal life and a command to train up disciples in the truth of Scripture.
No time is more valuable for that than now.
Let us take up our cross daily, speak the truth in love, fulfill the calling to make disciples, encouraging, teaching, helping, and stand in the gap for the innocent, the helpless, and those who have yet to know Jesus.
Ezekiel 22:30 KJV — And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
May it never be so again.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth which helps us better understand why horrifying violence is carried out, it’s all the result of sin and the enemy of our souls. Lord, thank You that we know it will not always be this way. Thank You that You paid for my sin and saved me from living a life separate from You. Lord Jesus, it is so painful to know that people are hurting and killing one another, but I thank You for Your promises. Thank You for Your mercy, which stays Your judgement. Lord, thank You that we can stand in the gap for others. Thank You for Your helping the helpless, freeing the captives, and saving the lost. Thank You for Your scriptures which clearly outline not only the why of all this, but also what is to come. Lord, may our hearts remain steadfast, our feet not stumble, and our eyes see clearly, open our understanding through Your Word. Lord Jesus, I humbly lift up those who are being oppressed and harmed by wickedness. Please continue to save them and give those who stand literally in the gap for the innocent the courage and integrity they need to stand in the way of evil and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your salvation. Amen.