I believe you have seen and heard a lot about what happened last weekend in Paris and what happened yesterday at Bamako in Mali. I couldn’t believe my eyes because such scenes were seen in movies years ago but they happen to be the reality we face today and we must be prepared for them because missiles, guns, or physical weapons can’t destroy an ideology.
Since the incident happened, I have been following the development as it unfolds but my attention is on their (terrorists) motivation. What would motivate a person to kill innocent people or hold them hostages for hours? I went to YouTube and watched about 50 minutes documentary on Mumbai 26/11/2008. After that, I watched two documentaries of about 120 minutes on the attack at West Gate mall in Kenya. I watched that of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the guy who wanted to blow Delta Airline from Amsterdam to US on the Christmas day 2009 with an underwear bomb. I read many stories about suicide attacks in Africa, Middle East, Asia, etc. My observation was that some of these guys were innocent people who were brainwashed by rascals to cause such atrocities. However sizeable number of these terrorists are…let me just say deviants and hiding behind Islam.
As I watched the videos and read stories upon stories, I remembered the post I published that Nowhere is Safe but only in Jesus. This is the Christian’s hope in the 21st Century. The world is unsafe anymore. Friday’s night outing with friends and family turned out to be terror on streets. Safety at the public places isn’t 100% guaranteed. UK government announced how people should escape in the Paris style terror attack. The Telegraph had the heading ‘Run and hide, don’t play dead’: What to do in a Paris-style terror attack. Belgium has warned of serious and imminent threat and encouraged citizens to stay away from social places. US is not exempted as IS has warned of attacked, specifically mentioning Washington. These stories carry one thing: FEAR. A tool Satan uses to cause doubt among God’s children about His (God) promise of protection.
In such a time as this, I would encourage you to read Psalm 91. Don’t just read it but meditate on it. Believe in the Word. The truth is none of these things is a surprise to God. He made provisions for His children before they (atrocities) happened. Death isn’t the end for the child of God because we believe that Jesus is waiting for us at the other side of the road, welcoming the saints home. We that are alive have been commissioned to keep sending the message about God’s love through Jesus Christ to the ends of the world. Think about this for a moment If these terrorist knew/know Jesus and understand God’s love and command, such atrocities wouldn’t be happening.
I came to encourage you to Be Still and Know that He is God. He is watching over you, directing your steps, and His angels are protecting you from harm. You don’t have to be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. God will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. God is watching over you. Be still