Surprisingly, I have something to report that I have not seen in the mainstream news. There have been riots in France, as the middle and lower class are protesting the government and higher classes for trying to hike up taxes (sources). The worst of the riots may be over, but the tension and hatred between the upper-class government and middle/lower-class citizens still exists. With this news going on, 13 more Nigerian soldiers and one Nigerian policeman have been killed by Boko Haram (source).
The war continues in a million ways, and both of these news stories are just two examples.
Everyday, there is a fight, and sometimes, we feel we’re losing. Psalm 37 speaks of this:
“The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.”
(Psalm 37:14, NIV)
Watching Boko Haram slaughter hundreds, while watching the fires and destruction caused by rioting in France, confusion seems to reign. I am not going to comment on if I am for the rioters or not; that is irrelevant to what I am trying to say.
Psalm 37 doesn’t stop at the bad news, it turns toward God.
“But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. …for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.”
(Psalm 37:15-17, NIV)
Reality shows us: we do not, usually anyway, see God breaking the weapons of war that Boko Haram uses. Children die. People’s throats are slit. Fires are lit in Paris. If this is reality, Psalm 37 must be bogus, right?
Wrong. While we do not see the things of Psalm 37 happening now, Jesus will bring Justice to those oppressed, injured, and killed for nothing. In the end, perfect Justice will be shown, and those who are to blame for such atrocities, if they have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, will end up in eternal separation and punishment for their sin.
Until Jesus comes back, there is a fight we all must fight every day: a fight against sin and darkness, a fight against fear and wickedness. Against confusion and chaos.
We are looking forward to that glorious day where we are with Jesus, and the fight is finished for good. Until then, let us be the Peacemakers this world needs: reaching out in love and compassion, in Grace and Truth, as lights to a darkened world.
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Jesus Christ will come as a conquering King, but first came as the suffering servant. Learn more about this Jesus here.
Please pray for…
- The riots in France.
- The ongoing battle against Boko Haram in Nigeria. That the soldiers and officers would not give up and would be given courage and morale.
- The Chibok girls.
- Leah Sharibu. That she and the other captives would be set free.
Thank you for your prayers!!!