God's Word for Today: Victim. If it wasn't for this word, the Evening News, the Nightly News, and the next Morning News wouldn't have a whole lot to talk about. Maybe then, they could stick to the weather forecast and the happy stories. But alas, there will always be victims. There will always be the bad news that we seem to be attracted to. It is amazing how one is drawn to see the results of someone else being a victim.
The victims that have been in the spotlight the last few days are the ones who suffered the attacks in Paris. The dead and wounded count was high. There were many victims. There were and still are many stories to be told. It is sad.
I found it interesting to read the comments on social media. Some, wanted to simply show their support for the victims of Paris. Others, support and prayers. And others, brought up the point about all the other victims of just this last week. The other terrorist attacks, the Russian plane crash, the earthquake in Mexico. All the travesty everywhere. Then, there who those who took it even to another level of criticizing those whose showed their support for one thing, and not another. People who simply expressed some thoughts, whether directed correctly or not, were then victims of extreme criticism. Now we have victims of supporters of victims who had been trying to help victims. When does it end?
And, what about everyday type victims? Victims of abuse. Victims of addiction. Victims of crime. Victims of vehicle accidents. Victims of weather related tragedies. It is a daily exercise not to be overwhelmed with everything bad this world has to offer. Some sadly, never overcome the bad.
The truth my friend, is that pain, suffering, loss, ugliness, and crimes against humanity will never end. If one bad is erased, another bad will rear its ugly head. This cycle started not long after Adam and Eve decided to eat from the tree of knowledge. We will always have bad, we will always have victims.
1Peter 2:15-16. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God's slaves.
Here is a quote I read in one of my Daily devotions that jumped right out of the phone and demanded it be included today, "When human beings decide for themselves what truth is, we descend into brutality and confusion and hopelessness. When we look to God's own words as the source of our truth, we find life and hope and redemption and courage and strength."
Pretty simple, when we go our own direction, not good. When we go God's direction, good. That doesn't mean that bad things will never happen to you. It does mean that you can prevent bad things from happening by your own choices. Others will always follow their own path, and that choice can be destructive and include you. The best you can do it not become a victim, but become a factor of truth. God's truth.
Today, we could go on and on about the world's travesties. We could write books about how our own choices have caused us to be victims. We could blame everything wrong in this world on others and their different beliefs. But today, God is simply asking you to fix you. Start by doing God's work for yourself and then reach out with God's love to others. We can easily start burying the bad, with more good. Even if you are having to battle bad personally, do it with the direction of God and His never ending strength. If you are going to be a victim, be a victim of life and hope and redemption and courage and strength............................
Prayer: My God, what is happening in this world? Why oh why is there so much bad? Forgive me Lord for letting others dictate what is really going on in my life. Forgive me for not looking to you first God. I know there is beauty and goodness and joy abound. Help me today to follow your direction and not my own. If I can find good Lord, then maybe I can help others see the good in this world too. One good step at a time Lord. No more victim for me. In Jesus', who was the ultimate victim of evil humanity, but showed love to all, name I pray. Amen.