Sometimes I’m almost afraid to wake up. Afraid to look at my phone and see the AP alerts that have come in overnight. The ones that talk about devastating storms that literally wiped out islands, massive earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and endless political turmoil.
This was one of those days. I woke up to the news of a tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. The deadliest in modern U.S. history.
It is the kind of senseless act that leaves us shocked, bewildered, and overwhelmed. It’s a double-whammy kind of tragedy too, because it not only grieves us to our core, but it also places a seed of fear in our hearts and causes us to start questioning everything—whether it’s safe to take a train, go to a concert or be in a popular public place.
It’s exactly the kind of fear the enemy wants us to feel. But I’ve got a newsflash for him: Not today, devil. Not tomorrow. Not ever.
You see, there’s an even bigger headline out there that reads something like this: “Good Wins, Evil Loses.”
Jesus alluded to it when he told his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
That’s the kind of good news we need to hear and be reminded of in times like these. That despite the pain, tragedy, and injustices that are present in our broken and hurting world…good will always defeat evil. Light will always pierce the darkness. And hope will always prevail over fear.
To the families and victims of this horrific attack, take heart. Know that we are standing with you during this difficult time and sending you all of our love, prayers, and support.