They That Mourn Shall be Comforted
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” Matthew 10:31
“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
While we can’t simply ignore the violence and evil works of darkness in our time, we must not allow them to negatively affect our faith in God or diminish our resolve to stand for the truth in the midst of a culture drunk on it’s rejection of God and what makes for life and good.
The world didn’t just become violent and seemingly overcome by evil. In fact, compared to centuries before our time, people lived in far worse conditions of fear and unrest than we have ever known. The tragedies of the past few weeks have certainly touched the lives of many people far beyond those directly involved through the loss of their lives and the grief that now their loved ones are suffering.
All of us in our shared humanity are grieved by the loss of innocent lives at the hands of those who love evil. All of us are touched by the sense of loss when a loved one is tragically and suddenly taken from us, but we must not allow the evil works of darkness to define our faith or the daily relentless noise of 24-hours a day “news” (indoctrination and political posturing) that keeps the most heinous details of violence before our ears and eyes, to desensitize us to the horrors and wonton destruction of the innocent and disregard for the value of every life that Jesus died to save.
It may seem in our time that evil is greater and we are subject to more violence and death than at any other time in our history. Yet in times gone by life was much more commonly wrought with fear and death from without and within. Righteous men and women have a right to be outraged at such evil no matter when or how it appears.
Lot is an example to us of one who lived among people whose evil deeds and ungodliness vexed His soul daily yet he remained faithful to God. Therefore we must not fret or lose heart because of evildoers.
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making the man ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. 2 Peter 2:4-9
We must not lose heart because God is with us and we have a message to take to the nations to everyone who will hear it. Though evil men appear to be gaining the day and the violent appear so often to go unchecked, take heart they are not forever. Their ways will soon come to an end and righteousness will be restored.
The Lord knows the way of the righteous but the ways of the ungodly shall perish. [Psalm 1]
Whether through the subtlety of smooth language or the direct and unbridled words of the emissaries of the devil spewing their lies, vitriol, deceptions and manipulations, all of it and them will have their place in the lake of fire. But we are called to pray for them and to love them. And this we will do as God gives us the grace to do it.
But more over we are called to weep with those who weep and to rejoice with those who rejoice. As ministers, as shepherds, tending God’s flock this is our calling, to live so closely in love and fellowship with one another that their grief is our grief and their joy is our joy. Indeed we are admonished to prayer with all prayer and supplication in the spirit and to watch thereby for all the saints [Ephesians 6:10-18].
So we pray today for the people of Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and every place where the enemy has worked through lost souls to perpetrate death and sorrow over innocent men, women and children.
“Father God in the name of Jesus We pray today for all those who are grieving the loss of someone they loved dearly as a result of these most recent tragic events in our nation. We pray that You will surround them with your ministering angels, that You will keep their hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord. Father, I asked that You by the ministry of the Holy Spirit comfort them and sustain them now until the day You make all things new.
Father I pray that You will bring healing to our nation, that You will bring a new awakening to righteousness in this nation, beginning at the household of faith and flowing out from us to all the nations of the world. Vive and revive us, Your people, to live our lives as Holy vessels before You and all the world. For we know and believe that evil will not be overcome with evil, but evil and darkness will be overcome with good and with light.
Father, I pray that our lights would so shine before men that they will see our good works and glorify You in Heaven. And we pray for the evil perpetrators that their hearts will be turned to You and that they would have a life correcting moment that brings their evil schemes to naught and they turn to You in repentance and humbleness before Your mighty hand to be transformed by Your Spirit. We pray that they will make their confession of faith in Jesus Christ declaring that He is Lord and that You have raised Him from the dead.
Now thank You Father for working in us the transforming power of Your love. Thank You for bringing Your peace and presence to bear among the people, where so much grief has been manifested. Thank You Lord for life and that more abundantly. Now to You be all glory, honor, majesty, dominion, wisdom, power and might, now and forever. Amen”