“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33. 

God loves us! He wants us to know how it feels to be covered by MERCY and GRACE. He wants us to TRUST in Him. But, sometimes we lose our strength. We become weary and sad. Tragedy disrupts our way of thinking and we question why there's suffering in the world.

God helps us discover PEACE when faithfully TRUST and seek Him with ALL of our hearts. He readies us to feel His presence, even in the midst of chaos in our world. And He reminds us why we must turn from our sinful, selfish ways.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

It’s overwhelming to hear of senseless acts of destruction. But we must remember God does NOT create evil. “There is potential for evil to enter the world, but there is also potential for goodness and love. Suffering is NOT good, but God can use it to accomplish good.” He took the death of Jesus on the cross and turned it into something good. “He opened the heavens to all who follow Him.” 

Jesus said there WILL be suffering in the world. He did not say there MAY be. But, the day is coming when suffering will stop and God will judge all evil. He promises He will compensate us with eternal reward. The Bible says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4: 7

We must TRUST God in ALL circumstances. He will provide PEACE to endure. He will give us STRENGTH and guide us closer to the Savior. We will be comforted by the power of His love and ALWAYS remember; one nation under God IS what we need. 

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:7

Dear God, Thank you for Your presence in our lives and peace that passes all understanding. When tragedy affects the heart of our nation, help us draw nearer to You. Hear the cries of our sadness and help us remember what needs to be done to heal our nation. Comfort those who have experienced violence and hate. And give us strength to endure, as we put our HOPE in You. We will find PEACE in the love of our TRUST. Thank you, Lord. Thank you! Amen


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