“Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” Zephaniah 3:9
We will never know what was going through the mind of the Wisconsin shooter who murdered worshippers at a Sikh temple or what motivated him to take such devastating action. It is not always easy to co-exist with those we think are different and have customs or rituals we do not understand, but we should try, even if those people don’t make it easy for us through actual trespasses or merely perceived ones.
It is far easier to give up than to keep trying. But giving up, leads to hopelessness; hopelessness to despair. When we despair, we become desperate. Desperation can lead one to irrational and reckless behaviors, including causing harm to others and to ourselves. God does not want us to live in desperation. Draw closer to Him and His Word for guidance, strength and protection through life’s storms. Take comfort in the fact that one day those things that separate us as a people will be done away with and all will stand united in praise and worship of the Lord. As Christians, that is our goal – to live forever in the presence of the Lord and spend our days in praise. Not achieving worldly prosperity. Don’t let despair rob you of achieving your goal.
May the Lord be with you.