I had just heard very sad news from a close family member. I immediately called a dear, prayer-warrior friend of mine to join me in prayer for the situation.
I briefly told my friend the details, and then we got down on our knees to pray. As my knees hit the floor, I immediately heard the Lord speak to my heart: “Do not bow to [the] circumstances. Bow to me.”
“Do not bow to the circumstances. Bow to me.”
Within two months, our nation has experienced tragedy after tragedy:
…wildfires burning out of control, ravaging homes and livelihoods and more importantly lives.
…Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Maria, and more hurricanes… Winds and flood waters swept homes and lives away. Devastation left behind.
…a member of ISIS rented a truck to plow down innocent civilians who were simply going about their daily lives, killing lives.
…spectators attended a concert in Las Vegas and were plowed down by a barrage of bullets, leaving behind 58 beautiful lives snuffed out prematurely.
This past Sunday, another gunman stormed a church in Texas and showed no mercy for toddlers, pregnant women, young, or old… 26 left dead.
There are no words. I look at the pictures and think of each life, each beautiful face, and grieve…
There is no good about evil. Evil is evil.
Evil and suffering of this magnitude can cause us to “bow down” to the weight of our grief and suffering — to “bow” to the magnitude of the problems and circumstances.
God continues to remind me that as horrific as evil is, I am not to “bow” to it — to allow it to cause me to despair or to fear.
God keeps reminding me that there is a final chapter written. Love always trumps evil in the end. Truth always trumps the lie in the end.
God is a God of redemption. Whatever evil the enemy of our soul executes will eventually become the very thing God will use to hammer the nail on the coffin of evil.
Remember the cross? Satan thought that was the end of Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior. It was Jesus’ very death that brought our salvation and our hope.
Death will not have the final say.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.