Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.
Quote: You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else.
As I think about the tragic events happening in the world, it seems that some misguided followers in an insane sect are trying to fix themselves by breaking others. As you know this is a lose-lose situation. Any fool can break, destroy and kill. It takes courage to heal, restore, and fix the underlying problems in any society. James 4:2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.
The rhetoric that is spoken by these vengeful murderers may have the word god in their mindless babbling, but anyone taking an honest moment to think knows God is not supporting their actions of evil. The results from large scale human-caused tragedy can leave people numb and fostering feelings of hate, anger, and demands of retaliation. However, human retribution most often leads to greater and escalated violence.
We just have to look at all the factious wars going on in the world and see that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth has only left a lot of blind and toothless people looking for sanctuary. Nothing changes but the names of the innocent brutalized in the cross-fire. Eccl. 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
What is the solution and what can we do when we feel so overwhelmed with grief, anger, disgust and sadness of heart because of horrific events? Most of us everyday people are not in positions of authority and power, so we don’t know how to move forward leaving a sense of frustrated uselessness. We wonder how being one person can make a difference to such a massive emotional need.
As simple as this sounds, start looking for the helpers and fixers who rise to the top during and after the catastrophe has left its scar. Look for and become the people who show up to be a hand extended with whatever help one can offer in spite of the size of the grotesque event. Don’t focus on the fools who caused the mess, but rather focus on the helpers who move in with quiet courage doing what is right to restore the dignity of life.
That is how we overcome the works of the enemy of our soul who has influenced the insidious perpetrators of mayhem in the first place. Eph. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
By focusing on the helpers and being a helper, we destroy the works of the enemy and the fear that was intended. Look at what the Lord Jesus did when he heard his cousin John the Baptizer had been beheaded. Matt.14:10 So John was beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. 12 Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened. This was not only an unjust death for John himself. It was also a spiritual attack on Jesus personally to put him off his life mission.
I am sure Jesus felt the pain of loss and he knew he could call down destruction per-se on all responsible for John’s death, but Jesus also knew who had influenced the whole thing. So Jesus went and destroyed the works of the enemy who is the true cause of evil. Matt. 14:13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
What did Jesus do after hearing of the injustice and murder of his family member? He went out and healed the sick, therefore destroying the works of the enemy and the intended fear that comes with violence. John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Look for the helpers. They are everywhere in all tragedies. Take courage and solace from these unassuming everyday people who you also happen to be. Be a helper and you will change the events of life, no matter where you are or what you do. Helpers are the backbone of life, so be one and live well. 1 Cor. 16:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.