Psalm 91:3-4 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
It’s been bone chilling looking at headlines the past month with the uproar in the middle east. The terror thousands are facing is all too real, and one realistic thing we can do is pray for deliverance of these people. It makes me appreciate our freedom all the more and think twice before complaining about anything. We have it so good in this region. There are more blessings then we know what to do with. It’s all about perspective.
Being a woman I have rights here that others can only dream about. I’ve agonized over the years the plight women and children face in these 3rd world countries. I’ve pleaded with God to lift the suffering of unnecessary practices of female circumcision, honor killings, poverty, sex slave industry, and torture etc. Not many of us are ignorant to these things because this is nothing new in history. We’ve all seen the skeletal images of diseased children rummaging around garbage piles, flies landing on their tear streaked faces. It breaks our hearts and turns our stomachs to even ponder their grim situations. The ongoing troubles of this world truly seem insurmountable. Man will just not unite together because of sin.
You know people in history have had one benefit that we do not have today. They had little knowledge of what went on outside of their own lives. Is ignorance bliss? Maybe before communications were what they are now, people lived simpler lives facing their own set of struggles. We take on the worlds troubles and our own, and it’s no wonder so many of us are stressed out and medicated. Today we have daily images bombarding us and beg us for help. We are torn in so many directions fueled by desperation and guilt to help with worthy causes. I do ask the Lord when will He intervene? Naturally He doesn’t answer me, but I do want Him to fix this sinful hurting world.
One thing that gives me hope is the simple fact that God is in complete control. He is overseeing it all and allows storms and suffering to occur. It’s heartbreaking seeing natural disasters sweeping away thousands of lives in mere moments. Families being scattered and separated is gut wrenching. How utterly helpless we really all are without Him in our corner. Satan and his helpers are out doing their worst in this world, and we can thank God they are restrained from having full reign.
Psalm 22:28 for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over nations.
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
Some of us care more deeply than others. We’ve all met the insensitive types that are callus and unfeeling when discussing world issues. They are detached and seem desensitization to human suffering. Jesus is the best role model we are to follow. The Lord gave us numerous examples in His Word. Jesus walked the earth and was often moved to compassion healing as many people as He could. He taught and gave power His disciples to heal. The gospels are filled with many passages of healing the suffering of oppressed people. The God of this universe has a host of ministering healing angels working tirelessly on our behalf.
Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.