On Friday, the 20th of November, shots rang out in a mall close to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eight people were injured: one teen and seven adults. The people cowered in fear, afraid that this “reaction to an altercation” would do them in (source).
Meanwhile, those in Nigeria are being ran out of home and villages or being put under Boko Haram law enforcement, terrorists brandishing their weapons and scaring all who come into contact with them.
What do these two have in common? Violence and fear. It’s worldwide; people face it every day. This is not about guns—people felt the fear and oppression of men long before guns were created.
Jesus came to give life to the full (John 10:10). Satan comes to smother us with fear over anything and everything, while keeping those in danger hiding and under oppression.
But, without the use of ammunition and guns, swords and fists, our God fights for us. He fought the fight against sin and death at Calvary, and has given us victory after victory!
Friends, loved ones, please remember this truth: Though the times are scary, Jesus defends us—and tells us not to fear. He even gives us His Peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
(John 14:27, NIV)
Much about the future is unknown, but Jesus is faithful. May we remember that as we move into the Holiday season, COVID, and yes—even during shootings.
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As stated above, Christ came that we might have life, and life abundantly. Learn more about what Jesus has done, and why it concerns you, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here, if you like to write out your prayers like me):
- Those who were injured by the shooter on Friday.
- Those who were scared and affected by the shooting.
- Those who live under Sharia law
- Those under Boko Haram