A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Once more a mass shooting has been the major news story of the week. The scene may have changed and the names of the victims are different, but the end result is the same. No one in Sutherland Springs was thinking on Sunday morning that twenty-six people would be killed at First Baptist Church or that their small town would become a household word. Yet, in the midst of this tragedy, we must remember something Jesus said to His disciples on the eve of His Crucifixion. Mindful of the grief that would soon overtake them, he said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Three key words in this verse are peace, trouble, and overcome. Peace includes the concept of shalom (wholeness & harmony) and the deliverance of the entire person through Christ. Trouble speaks of being in distress, affliction, or feeling trapped. And, overcome emphasizes the victory that has already been won for us in Christ.
Let’s continue to pray for those devastated by Sunday’s shooting and for the Lord to bring healing to First Baptist Church. At the same time let’s remember that, in a world shattered by sin, there is a peace that surpasses all understanding and it can be yours. But, only if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior!