In times like these
By Teresa A. Leneave
People in America are scared. Living in fear. What will happen next and where? It's always unexpected.
I slept soundly in an Orlando motel while on vacation. Just 14 miles away while I slept, peacefully, more than 100 people were being brutally massacred. Fifty families lost their children to eternity. Another fifty people will go through the long process of physical healing and suffer the emotional stress of hospital debt that is near impossible to pay off.
All who were there, and remain alive, will live the rest of their lives with memories of shots ringing through the crowded bar and watching as friends lying on the dance floor in puddles of blood. The emotional trauma will be devastating; life changing. None will walk away unscathed.
In times like these, we need a Savior.
The Savior I'm talking about has promised strength in times of trouble. "Fear not," he told Isaiah. "for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isaiah 41:13).
The Savior I'm talking about promises deliverance. "Call upon me in the day of trouble: and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me" (Psalm 50:15).
How can people not call on God in the day of trouble? Who else has the power to protect us? What does the future hold?
Only God knows our future. Only God has the power to deliver us from all our troubles.
But, his promises come with conditions. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We must realize that God's promises are not magical formulas. They are not the magic of Harry Potter and all the other magic our children are fed on television sitcoms. God is real. He is not summoned by a magic wand. Jesus is our only Savior. God expects that we have faith and believe on him. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith, it is impossible to please him."
We need a Savior. A Savior that heals broken hearts, restores sight to the blind, and sets the captive free. Anger, wrath and bitterness are destructive forces as is so evident in the Orlando massacre.
Another destructive force is fear. Fear is just as deadly as a bullet. It won't take your life, literally, but it will take your life, emotionally. Trust in God. Trust in a Savior. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29).
Oh, what a Savior!