We woke up this morning to news of a terrorist attack in Brussels. If you’re like me, your response ranges from “Not again!” to “How horrible for those poor people!”
And below what we say is what we feel deep in our hearts.
We feel fear. “What if something like this happened to me or one of my loved ones?”
We feel anger. “Who’s going to hold these wicked people accountable?”
We feel empathy. “How can I help those who have been hurt?”
We feel helpless. “Why couldn’t this have been stopped? What can I do?”
In the midst of these and other feelings, one thing has always been the Christian’s refuge in times of crisis. One thing has been our constant response.
From the early days of persecution to present-day crises, Christians have responded to trials and afflictions by renewing our faith and hope in our strong God.
We cling to verses like:
“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help.” (Psalm 18:6)
“I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill.” (Psalm 3:4)
“Call to me and I will answer you.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
And we pray:
“Save us, O LORD!” (Psalm 12:1)
“Have mercy on us, LORD” (Psalm 123:3)
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations…” (1 Chronicles 16:35)
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, would you take the time to cry out to God for the people of Brussels and for the millions of people who will hear this news and be tempted to lose faith in our great God. He remains ever on his throne and will one day perfectly judge those who commit such sins.
We can trust in him and remember that Christ died to utterly crush sins like violence and murder. He is the Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords. When we are afraid, nothing can calm our fears like drawing near and crying out to him.