Here in the United States of America, February 14 is supposed to be filled with roses, carnations, hearts, chocolates, and various other things to express “love” to one another. Yet, around 2:30 pm on February 14, 2018, a high school drop out murders 17 people at Broward Country High School in Parkland, Florida. At least 14 others were injured. How tragic! What a tragedy!
It is truly sad that that despite all of our human efforts, we can’t make headway in halting another senseless extermination of life. This has got to stop!!!
And it is not only in schools. What about the shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada, or the “underwear bomber,” or the one that comes up in many people’s mind, 911, where Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the jets filled with people headed off to the Twin Towers in New York City. That was not the end of Osama’s terror spree as one was headed to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the other jet was stopped in a field in Pennsylvania where the United States of America had it’s first capital. What are we supposed to do about it to prevent another tragedy?
In the United States of America, we are supposed to trust God. It even states it on our money, In God we Trust. Yet, sadly, we have not put that phrase into practice. We, however, like to use money for other things, and certainly not what it was intended for, to glorify God.
Instead, we have looked for answers in our own minds, to proud to say that we need help from God. In the Holy Scripture, it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that,
“If My people who are called by My name, humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (ESV)
Then, something like this happens where we pray to an imaginary god (an idol that we create to fit our own circumstances) and look to that god for answers.
Idol worship is not just physical images like is so often stated in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. Even God says it as Moses descended from Mount Sinai. In fact, it was the first commandment in Exodus 20:3-
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” (ESV)
However, we have been trying to do it on our own even though it is on our money as In God we Trust. How tragic.
Now, this TLC is not saying that if we turn and do as 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “Tomorrow everything will be better,” not changing anything significantly. Isreal, through its long history is an example to the United States of America. No app will suffice. No technology will suffice either, although it could point us to the One who seeks after us.
Turn and repent to God promising Him that you will seek after Him even when times get tough (2 Chronicles 7:14).
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