Monday, April 22, 2013

He's Still God

Last week, on Monday two bombs filled with nails exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding nearly 200; several had to have limbs amputated.  On Tuesday, letters addressed to President Obama and to a U.S. senator were found to contain traces of poisonous ricin.  On Wednesday, there was a massive explosion that leveled a Texas fertilizer plant, leaving at least 14 people dead and 200 injured. On Thursday,  Illinois’ governor declared 38 of the state's counties disaster areas from rain (up to 5 inches in just more than a day -- on the Windy City area). Thursday night, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman was killed and another police officer was severely wounded, allegedly by the suspected Boston Marathon terrorists.  A massive search on Friday for the two suspected terrorists, who happened to be brothers, ensued with a lockdown of suburbs around Boston that had never before been experienced.  "All in all it's been a tough week," President Obama said during a press conference.   As if these national events weren’t enough to make one wonder what was going on in our country, five young people were shot to death ( four of them execution style in one location with multiple shots to their heads) in my hometown.

During the entire terrifying week, the Holy Spirit residing in me said that God is still God.  Psalm 46 verses 1-2 and 10, tells us God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea… He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

I searched youtube for a song to minister to my heart and found Toni L. Wortherly’s song of hope that she wrote in part, in memory of her late grandmother, and in part, because she was in shock at some of the violence she had seen in the news.  She said “Some people, in times like these, wonder if God is still in control, but I know for a fact that He is in control and He still cares.    Here are the lyrics to her song He’s Still God.

In my despair, He holds my hand. 

He’s still God even when I face the darkest hour.  He can still hear my cries.  He still holds all the power. 

He’s still there even when it seems too much to bear.  Although I know life can be hard, I also know that He’s still God. 

Seems I can’t turn on the news without a story of violence and slaughter. It seems like life is not even valued anymore, people are killing their own sons and daughters. 

They are so self consumed and they don’t think of the victims they leave behind.  Just senseless acts with tortuous costs and it truly blows my mind. 

Though it seems the enemy is too much to handle, though the devil may think he has won, I know in the end that my God wins, all these battles belong to the Lord. 

He’s still God even when we face the darkest hours.  He can still hear our cries.  He still holds all the power. 

He’s still there even when it seems too much to bear.  Although I know life can be hard, I also know that He’s still God.

For those who are letting satan use them, God is aware.  Psalm 11:4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the
Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth.  Jeremiah 17:9-10 I the Lord search the heart  and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,  according to what their deeds deserve.” 

Yes, He is God, there no one like Him.  Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” He’s still God.

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