“For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.” – Revelation 17:17
Were it not for the footnotes, I fear I would still feel a little lost. The following are the accompanying footnotes in my NIV Study Bible:
“No matter what happens, we must trust that God is still in charge, that God overrules all the plans and intrigues of the evil one, and that God’s plans will happen just as He says. God even uses people opposed to Him as tools to execute His will. Although He allows evil to permeate this present world, the new earth will never know sin.”
I find much comfort and reassurance in the reminder that God’s ultimate purpose and plans will be accomplished, regardless of the ruin and wreckage the existing evil may cause. Sadly, we have seen so much of it with shootings and stabbings – both locally and globally. However, we have also see a nation grieve the losses of a small northern town, and rally behind them with a monumental outpouring of love and support. The goodness of God, supplied in the aftermath of inexplicable evil.
Yesterday, my mom, my boys and I, traveled a few hours south, to meet my sister and her boys at the very same mall that was the site of one of the recent shootings. Upon arrival, I anticipated a sense of fear or anxiousness within me, yet I felt neither. Instead, I felt joy in our happy reunion, and peace in the perfect protection provided by our Heavenly Father. People were kind to each other, and I was delighted to be in such wonderful company.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your purpose will always prevail, regardless of our present perception. Thank You that greater are You who is in us, than that which is in the world. Teach us to trust You and Your perfect plans, and forgive us for allowing fear a foothold. Lead us to listen well, so that we might love like You. Let our light shine brightly before all in need of Your loving light and life. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present