It’s sad to think these days that we have to be so careful interacting with other people. Long gone are the days of hitchhiking, knocking on a strange door to ask for directions, or even meeting new people without caution. My first instinct has always been to talk to strangers, offer them a helping hand or guide them in the right direction. I have been on the side of the road and given assistance when needed with great appreciation. As humans, we were made to work together and be social.
The latest news surprises us all. How can a person go into a church, worship with others, shake their hands, maybe learn their names and then kill them? How can folks live and work among others and then one day behead them? We don’t need to be surprised, we need to be aware! Be aware that we live in an evil world. We have been warned that it will get worse before the end. We are at that point. How do live in this evil world? Are we to become hermits and live in underground cells in order to keep safe? God tells us to live in the world but not of the world (Philippians 3:20). He wants us to not be afraid, but to trust Him to protect us and guide us through this life. That’s the ONLY reason those folks in South Carolina are able to forgive the man who shot and killed 9 of their closest friends and family members. Only God is able to provide the peace of mind and heart to survive a tragedy like this. Live successfully by this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” Proverbs 3:5-6.