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When Evil Strikes

There’s no way to avoid Evil. At some point evil will affect you or someone you love in a very harmful very direct manner. On Monday, March 20th , we saw evil come in the form of a fire and in the death of four precious people we dearly love. Over and over, the Bible tries to prepare us for these moments. Of course, how you talk about a tragedy like this depends not only on the age of your children or those who live with you but also their temperament and spiritual maturity level. Lots of times if we aren’t close as a family we would just prefer to deal with these things on our own. However, it is so much healthier to talk about them and think through tragedies or other important matters as a family. Perhaps this tragedy will help you as a family to open up to each other in a special way. Below are a few verses you may want to dwell on as you consider how to find peace during tragedy. We could list hundreds but these are just a few that you may identify with.

Matthew 10:29-31

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Psalm 6:2

2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.

Isaiah 61:1-3a

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. 

Matthew 5:4

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Romans 8:35-39

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 6

1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. 3My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long? 4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave? 6 I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. 7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. 8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. 9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

I pray God will give you peace as you dwell on His word.

Pastor Eddie