When I was younger, a parents mentality was much different. Summers were spent outside exploring the woods in the neighborhood with other boys. The concept of terrorism wasn’t even a thought. Sure, there were boundaries, areas or places to avoid, but the friends in my development had plenty of safe places to play.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go, Joshua 1:9.
When you fast forward to modern times, parents don’t have the luxury of a generation ago. Today, concerts, malls and schools have been targets of terrorism. Some are motivated by a chance for 15 minutes of fame. Meanwhile, others have been deceived by evil to attack areas once thought to be safe.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety, Psalm 4:8.
In the midst of terror, God is the only one who can restore peace. The element of freewill has ushered in a new era of turmoil, not knowing the next safe space to be targeted. Yet, when chaos subsides the only source of hope is Jesus. Therefore, don’t allow the frenzy stirred up by the media to dictate your mood. Rather, cry out to the Lord in prayer so that you may dwell in safety.
by Jay Mankus