Daily Dose Of Boldness

Your Daily Dose of Boldness – Part 2: We Need a Savior

Part 2: We Need a Savior

Written the Day of December 14th, 2012.

I have three small children. Aundreya and Preston are my twins
who turn six this month and are in Kindergarten, while
Harrison is my youngest and turns 5 in February and is in preschool.
These little creatures are a perfect mixture of Jaclyn and
myself and never cease to amaze me in their capacity to love
and forgive. When I’ve had a long day, and I snap at them for
being squirmy, noisy, silly, messy—otherwise known as being
kids—at the end of the night, they still wrap their arms around
my neck and say, “You’re the best Dad ever.” That’s what being
a kid is. They are the closest resemblance to “Christ-like love”
in this world. They love because they have not developed the
adult filters or the cynicism that hinders this unconditional, unearned
love. They love because they don’t know better. I
believe we could all use some “simple, unrestricted love” in our
lives right now.

Yesterday, as the news came out of Connecticut, parents, like
me and Jaclyn, were faced with an unthinkable evil. A gunman
stormed a place of refuge for children, an elementary school,
and took the innocence away from everyone involved. Jaclyn
and I were at work, and it took everything in her not to rush
to our kid’s schools and pull them all out for the day. It was a
knee-jerk reaction that every parent felt everywhere. It’s only
natural to want to protect our children from the evils of the
world at large.

It’s hard to understand how this could happen. It’s hard to
know how God could allow such an atrocity to take place.
Although people know me as a man of many words, I find my
voice stilled by this tragedy. So, instead, I’ve included the words
of man I admire to hopefully shed some light on this and give
peace, where peace is sorely needed. It was a prayer for 9-11;
however, I believe it applies today too.

We’ve seen so much on our television, and hear on our radio,
stories that bring tears to our eyes and make us all feel a sense of
anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.

But what are some of the lessons we can learn?

First, we are reminded of the mystery and reality of evil.

I have been asked on hundreds of times in my life why God allows
tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I really do not know
the answer totally, even to my own satisfaction. I have to accept, by
faith, that God is sovereign, and He is a God of love and mercy
and compassion in the midst of suffering. The Bible says God is
not the author of evil. It speaks of evil as a “mystery.”

In Thessalonians 2:7 it talks about the mystery of iniquity. The Old                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Testament prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all
things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” He asked that
question, “Who can understand it?” And that is one reason we
each need God in our lives.

The lesson of this event is not only about the mystery of iniquity
and evil, but secondly, it is a lesson about our need for each other.

Finally, difficult as it may be for us to see right now — this event
can give a message of hope — hope for the present, and hope for
the future.

Yes, there is hope. There is hope for the present because I believe
the stage has already been set for a new spirit in our nation.

One of the things we desperately need is a spiritual renewal in this
country. We need a spiritual revival in America. And God has
told us in His Word, time after time, that we are to repent of our
sins and we’re to turn to Him and He will bless us in a new way.

There is also hope for the future because of God’s promises. As a
Christian, I have hope not just for this life, but for heaven and the
life to come. And many of those people who died this past week are
in heaven right now and they wouldn’t want to come back. It’s so
glorious and so wonderful. And that’s the hope for all of us who
put our faith in God. I pray that you will have this hope in your
heart.”
– Billy Graham,
Prayer on September 14, 2001

I can’t even scrape the barrel of pain the parents are feeling in
Connecticut right now. I can only empathize with them, hold
my kids close, and count these blessings of life that God has
seen fit to bestow on me. Like Billy Graham, I know these
sweet children and teachers sit with God in heaven right now
and that it is a more glorious and wonderful place than we can
ever imagine. My prayer is that knowledge is clear for the
people in Connecticut and that it eases their burden and pain
in some small way.

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BUT YOU, O LORD, ARE A GOD FULL OF COMPASSION, AND
GRACIOUS LONGSUFFERING AND ABUNDANT IN MERCY
AND TRUTH.

PSALM 86:15

 


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