Tuesday, March 22, 2016

At peace, or just resigned?

It's happened again.  As I type this, I have CNN on, and they are reporting yet another terrorist attack. This time, it's in Brussels, Belgium.  Bomb blasts at their airport and at a subway station have killed 26 people, injured many, and I fear the death toll will rise.

One of the first thoughts I had was a Bible verse, Isaiah 7:4, "Be careful, keep calm, and don't be afraid."

But I wonder, is it easy for me to say this because I'm at peace, because I know "God is in control," and that He has a greater plan and I can trust Him?

Or is it because I'm just resigned to the fact that we live in a world that such things happen?

There's a difference between resignation and peace, and I think I'm more resigned to what is happening than at peace with it.  I can't seem to bring myself to care (although I'm horrified at this attack, and I feel for the people who are hurt and for the many more who have good reason to be scared.)

Peace, at least in my mind, brings an assurance that God is in charge, that He will take care of me, that He will give me what I need as I need it.  Resignation, in my mind, brings thoughts like, "it's happened again and there's nothing I can do about it, so why try to do anything?"

I don't want to be resigned to the fact of evil.  I want to fight evil, and I want to trust God.

Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.

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