Well – there was another shooting yesterday. This time in College Station as students were starting to filter back to the area for rush week. One of the victims was the mother of our daughter’s close friend.
Both of my college-age kids were so disheartened yesterday. They both commented on how crazy this world has become – and how there is so much evil in it. Each of them said they can’t wait for Jesus to come back – and they hope it will be very soon.
This truly is a troubled world. But God is still in control. Remember the story of Esther? Haman – the enemy of the Jews – devised a plan to annihilate all the Jews because of his toxic pride. He even planned to profit from their destruction by taking their property after he murdered them.
Do you remember how the Jewish people grieved and mourned when they learned of his plan? Everything seemed hopeless. And what did God do? He was behind the scenes working diligently to protect and preserve his people. He had made a promise and he was going to keep it. The Messiah would come from Jewish lineage. So God put Esther in a royal position, turned the tables, eliminated Haman, and saved his people.
Let me remind you today that there is hope. God is still behind the scenes working out his plan for you, me, and all of mankind. Christ will return a second time. (Revelation 19:6-7) He came first to save and rescue sinners – not to condemn. (John 3:17; Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10) He will return to judge/punish evil (Jude 1:14-15; 1 Peter 4:5; 1 Corinthians 4:5) and rule as King. (Matthew 25:31; Philippians 2:10-11) Yay! Those who have put their trust in him will be safe because he has already endured their punishment for them. (1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10; Romans 5:10; Romans 8:1) He is our hope.
Let me also remind you that God is still working in you! He has specifically placed you (with your unique quirks, characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses) in this tumultuous world for such a time as this. You and your generation give me hope for the future. God believes in you and has great faith in your potential to make things different. So do I. Never forget that!
If you feel an angst within you and want to do something in response to all the evil around you, consider what God tells us in Romans 12:21
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Overcoming evil with good is God’s way of doing things. Acts of love, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, and generosity are all “good.” For every evil thing you’ve seen lately do one good thing for someone else.
You and your generation can ultimately bring hope and change to this world by living your life in tight relationship with Jesus. Remember – “it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Your actions are an outworking of your relationship with him. Stay close. Stay connected. Stay committed. Toughen up your allegiance to him so you can live in a manner that’s worthy of the gospel.
As you go back to school, who will you live for in this crazy world? Yourself or Jesus?
I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you. Tell me what you want me to write about. I am here for you and want to be a strong encouragement to you.
Mama B (aka Lisa!)