“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress: My God, in Him I will trust'.” Psalm 91:1-2
Terrorism. It's a word we cannot get away from. It has happened to the core of our being again this week. The very mention of the word is meant to strike fear in our hearts.
What can we do as individuals to navigate this presence in our society?
First, we don't let the fear control us.
How do we do that, you say? We trust in God. I don't mean that as a trite cliché, or tongue in cheek phrase. Each of us as individuals need to remain steadfast on His Word and hold on to it everyday. Listen to God's instructions. There were many stories circulated after the 9/11 attacks about people changing their routine that morning for different reasons and they were saved as a result.
Second, we remain vigilant and alert.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you see or hear something suspicious, report it to the authorities. The Boston Marathon attacker was found because someone reported something that didn't look right in their back yard.
Third, we stay in touch with our government representatives in Congress.
Encourage them to be diligent in fighting terrorism and investigating those who come into our country.
It's important to remember this is a spiritual battle. Even though we have to go to war to fight against those who attack us, the core of it all will only be won through the Prince of Peace. That's why it is so important for us to disciple the world for Christ. Hatred will only breed more hatred. God's message of salvation is all that can bring true change.
What are some of your ideas for handling threats that cause fear?
This post is dedicated to those who lost their lives or were injured in the Boston bombing. A special salute and tons of gratitude to the police, emergency, and federal agencies involved in the capture of the attackers. Kudos and hats off to you. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe.