What transpired in Paris and the lives lost and changed forever as a result of the terrorist attacks over the weekend are indeed a tragedy. May the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
As I’ve tried to wrap my head around what has happened in countries all over the world particularly; Paris, Syria, Beirut, Baghdad and the now perceived threats in Germany, in context of the extent to which ISIS has penetrated the very core of their lives, I just keep hearing in my mind “support systems”.
I have no doubt that the French Intelligence had been working tirelessly to foil terrorist attacks such as this, especially post-Charlie Hebdo which still feels like it was just yesterday even though it was way back in January, but I’ve been thinking lately about how we place unconscious reliance on man-made systems to protect us but rarely ever take the time to think, “…but what if it fails?”
Imagine leaving home on what seems like a normal day, kissing your loved ones “see-you-later”, sitting at your desk at work trying to get through your day as quickly as possible as you anticipate the social activities of the evening. But you never once imagine that you might not see tomorrow. That’s what it must have felt like for those who unfortunately lost their lives on Friday evening in France.
I guess my question is “whose hands do you really place your life in?”
While I’ve never doubted that God is watching me closely like a hawk and constantly guiding me out of danger, I must admit I have taken this luxury for granted more than I possibly could have. When I pray and ask God for protection, I often reel it out as habit without stopping to think for a second what would happen to me if God wasn’t shielding me.
Does this mean that God doesn’t shield some others? No, but I know for sure that God does not go where He is not invited and He doesn’t force us to take whatever He has made freely available. We live in a society that spends most of its time trying to shut God out so that they can roll around in sin to their hearts’ content but unfortunately, light has no business with darkness.
As I think of the families that have been torn apart, the young people whose lives and aspirations have been cut short, the unassuming new orphans and cities that are forced to take each step with frequent glances over their shoulder, I do wonder if this sort of situation is strong enough to push them to seek a higher and more secure solace – to seek God.
The only good thing to come out of what has happened in France is that the voiceless nations that have been subdued by ISIS kinda get to be avenged through the reactive actions of France, because it has become clear that no city is more superior to another to the extent of immunity from tragedy and evil. While I’m no advocate of violence, I think it’s high time ISIS got going.
So as we all say a prayer for Paris and the whole world, let’s have it at the forefront of our minds and on our hearts that: if it wasn’t for God, what could have become of us?
As the year draws to an end and we begin to anticipate 2016, let us intercede for our nations and societies to which we are affiliated because God has told us, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14 AMPC)
Let’s also thank God for the continued manifestation of Psalm 91 (AMPC) in our lives particularly for the fact that we do not have to be afraid, “… of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday…” (verse 6) and, “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent” (verses 9 to 10) and because, “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.” (verse 7)
Just some Tuesday evening food for thought 🙂
Food for thought,
The Steph Way