|It's a big world we live in!|
Since my first trip to Russia in 1991, Rob instructed me, always be aware of your surroundings, so whenever I travel abroad, I'm on the lookout for unusual sitings. Today, more than ever since the Boston Marathon bombing, I'm keeping my eyes open here in the USA. In the supermarket. At the local mall. Yes, times are changing fast. Israel has lived for years with this type of terrorist attacks. Now, again, terrorism has reared its ugly head on our American soil.
I'm not writing this blog to be political or religious, and this isn't meant to be a Bible study, but when I was recently in California visiting friends of different backgrounds, certain topics always seemed to surface: How can such bad things happen to good people? Did God do this? On and on.
I don't claim to have all the answers, but the Bible talks about these subjects. So I'll make it as simple as possible. If you want more details, you can study further via your Bible. So here goes.
There were three archangels in heaven, Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Lucifer was the worship leader; he was a beautiful, anointed cherub, perfect in all his ways, but as the years went by (thousands, millions?), iniquity (evil, distortion) was found in him. Because he desired to be like (as God), Lucifer was cast to earth (Ezekiel 28:12-17; Isaiah 14:12-14). One third of the angels decided to follow him, now called demons (Revelation 2:4). Satan brought this evil and distortion with him to earth, and he is temporarily the prince and power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), going to and fro, causing as much havoc as he possible can because he knows his days are numbered.
When I became aware of this revelation, it helped me to understand why evil abounds all around. But God gave us a way out ... he sent his son, Jesus, and through His death and resurrection, we have power over our enemy, the former archangel Lucifer, now called Satan, or more familiar--the devil.
TiP: Go ahead, open your Bible and turn to John 3:16. Once you start reading, you won't want to stop! Until then,
I wish you smooth sailing ... be aware of your surroundings ... and yes, oceans of blessings and waves of peace in the midst of all turmoil.