Psalms 107:20 – He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Macon is a small city in Georgia that’s located in the middle of the state. It is the halfway point between Tennessee border and Florida border, and the Alabama border and the Atlantic sea. I’ve lived here since 1984 when I moved here from Chicago, Illinois. Because of my roots in Chicago, I am all too familiar with crime and murder. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother me when I hear and see what’s going on around us.
I’ve heard a lot of people say the bible isn’t real, God isn’t real, the bible has been tampered with and it’s used to hold people down, manipulate people and swindle people out of their money. I marvel at those statements because the same people who make them are the ones being held in bondage because of sin.
The recent murders in Macon appear to be a result of greed, lust, and anger. And the very words of God deals with these and all the issues that are consuming our community. God’s word is like a solution to everything we experience but we have a tendency to reject it when it calls attention to the wrong we do because we love the wrong we’re doing.
What if God’s word concerning anger were interjected during a moment of anger?
Read Proverbs 29:11; Ephesians 4:26-27; Proverbs 28:13; Genesis 50:20; Romans 12:21; Matthew 5:43-44.
What if God’s word concerning lust for money were thought of when the temptation to steal, kill and destroy for it came?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:13; Galatians 5:16; Mark 14:38; 1 Timothy 6:9-10
What if God’s word concerning children obeying their parents were applied?
Read Colossians 3:20; Deuteronomy 6:6-9
What if God’s word concerning raising children were a pattern for parents, married and single?
Read Proverbs 29:15; Proverbs 22:6; Psalms 34:11; Deuteronomy 6:6-9
These are a few of many what-ifs and the passages that address them. I often think about this when I hear of someone being killed by gun violence and other senseless ways. There is a solution and that solution is through Jesus and the words that are written. You have a choice. Accept Him as your Savior and live by His words, or reject Him and live in turmoil, fear, and uncertainty.