Frank Viola’s post “The Forgotten Beatitude” inspired these thoughts this morning.

This morning as a Christian disciple and minister I’m faced with a decision. Continue with courage and boldly place my faith in God and trust Jesus sovereign reign, or allow my faith to be paralyzed.

This morning I pray for the protection of students and teachers everywhere. That prayer is offered in faith through Jesus Christ. I offer that request placing it in the hands of the Father. In my mind that request would be answered with a complete day of peace in schools throughout the world. God has heard that request but that does not alter the fallen nature of the world we live in. My prayer doesn’t inhibit the free actions or will of humans.

Instead, my prayer draws me closer to the Father. It draws me to further depths of trust and asking Him to teach me.

The truth is that Jesus promised us He has overcome the world, not that He had removed all violence from it. Jesus told us to “fear not.” Not because there violence was going to cease but because His action made this world a safe place. It is now safe because no matter what the occurrence He has provided reconciliation with the Father through His blood.

The error of believing that God will intervene in our immediate world at every act of violence or evil is a misinterpretation of Scripture.

John 16:33 (NIV84)

33 “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.”

Father, this morning I ask for your protection of teachers and students everywhere. I trust you are alive, not dead and never sleeping. Although I can not see the tragedies that have occurred over the last several days through your eyes, I trust you are at work for Your greater cause. Please bless those in Newton with your peace and comfort as only you can provide it. Thank you for Robbie Parker and his courage to demonstrate love and forgiveness at the loss of his innocent Emilie. Thank you for those who were able to intervene preventing a similar situation in Oklahoma. Father, thank you for all the schools that did not experience fatal violence over these past weeks.

Father, let us, your servants, knock at the doors of our schools to spread the light of Jesus through volunteering and investing in our students. Father, teach us to instill true trust in your Son in our children, so that your light shines in the lives of those students who have parents that do not believe or trust in You. If it be your will for us to display your love and allow you to enter these places through Christ in us, give us the courage to invest our time by entering those places and those lives. We trust Your plan and your opening of doors for us to spread your love.

We ask, trust and seek answers in Jesus name,

Amen