|"From the lowest pit|
You have heard my voice.
Do not hide your ear
From my sighing, from my cry for help."
You drew near on the day I called on You,
And said, "Do not fear!"
Love Letter to my Grieving Friends, Sisters and Brothers in Christ, in America and overseas...
It is a heartbreaking reality today that the enemy is running wild and persecuting, torturing and murdering innocent men, women and children all over the world. Surrounding us daily are the horrific images of women being burned alive in a cage, for the concocted sin of refusing to be sex slaves to their captors. It is worth noting that these poor victims of their lunatic captors were murdered in front of spectators, including their helpless husbands and children. On another front, we watch in horror a parade of young men, chained to each other, unable to defend themselves, as their psychotic captors murder them one by one, These were young men, full of life and love for their wives and families. And, for Jesus Christ, for whom they gave their lives. What can we say of the innocent little children buried alive, decapitated, or used for the sexual pleasure of their pedophile masters? The inhumanity and cruelty of these mad men defies description.
Today, I awakened to the news that fifty men were murdered in a nightclub, with another fifty who are fighting for their lives. The shooter was an admirer of ISIS, who hated gays and took it upon himself to end their lives. Whatever their life style, these were men whose lives belong to God. This is said to be the biggest mass murder in America since 911. Many predict there will be more to follow, since ISIS has invaded our shores.
We watch in horror as these unspeakable crimes against humanity unfold. It seems as if history is replaying itself, taking a page from the brutal persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust over 70 years ago. How can this be happening in our "modern" world, so advanced by technology and scientific achievement? According to one headline I read today, we are witnessing the "return to the Middle Ages." As I considered all this today, I found myself searching God's Word for comfort and reassurance that He is with us. God's Word doesn't gloss over the evil in this world. Not hardly. No, we are repeatedly warned, we have an enemy - he is real, he is everywhere, he hates you and me and he is out for blood. He will stop at nothing to devour you and me.
We have a powerful and evil enemy who is more and more having his way in the world around us. It is foolish to put our head in the sand, and pretend we don't see what we see. God has given us His Word to warn us, to prepare us, to comfort and encourage us.
My heart for you who are suffering, persecuted, tortured and brutalized by the enemy is this. We hear you. We see your suffering. We love you. And even if we didn't, God, who loves you, will never abandon you in the hour of your need. The same God who wrote these words about the enemy also says this about Who it is we serve...
I wonder if the evil is growing around us, because the enemy knows his days are close to the end. God will consume him in the fire. Whatever apparent victories he has are temporary. We are kept in the hand of our God, no matter what it looks like. You are precious to our Savior. You are loved. You are safe in His hand. He will bring you home. He will bring you through. You will be as a diamond in His hand. Please be assured of the prayers of your sisters and brothers in Christ, for your faithfulness, your protection, your victory in Christ. You are ever in my heart and in my prayers. May God, Himself, be your Comfort and your Strength in every trial you endure...