As I look on at the news about the Caribbean and Florida I like many have a sense of hopelessness. What can we do? Nothing it seems.
But this is wrong. There are things we can do.
Comfort each other and edify one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
We’re all human. So it makes sense that our hearts often hurt for people impacted by tragedies here and abroad—tragedies that can leave us feeling helpless.
What can we do in response to the violence and destruction around us? What can we do for those being battered by the wind and waves? May be here is a start…
- Pray Deeply
Prayer is the Christian’s greatest weapon.
We cant get to those abroad but we can ask God to get to them for us.
As believers, we look up. We seek out God through prayer—and trust in His sovereignty.
Scripture tells us prayer is one of our most powerful resources. But how can you pray more deeply?
When you don’t have any words, or when you feel like you’re beating down God’s door with the same prayer day after day, ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is an intercessor for us and cries out to God on our behalf.
- Immerse Yourself in God’s Word
When you feel as if your very soul hurts from news reports of another disaster, how do you find comfort?
There is a place of refuge. The Bible tells us, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).
Here are some Bible verses to help us as we pray for others not just for ourselves:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.” Job 5:11
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3
“Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”Psalm 139:11-12
“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.” Isaiah 49:13
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
- Guard Your Heart
Grief can kill a person emotionally and physically. If not counteracted with God’s strength and power, our personal weakness may debilitate us.
Do our minds ever erase graphic images such as horrifying footage from tragic events?
You may have experienced what’s called secondary trauma from viewing video clips and photos on TV and social media. It’s important to recognize how these lasting impressions can affect you, as they can be physically, emotionally and spiritually damaging.
- Care for Others
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
It’s important to guard your heart, but you can also support others who may be going through a personal crisis as well. Some may have family or friends going through a current crisis.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
No matter how out of control the world gets, taking action and selflessly serving others can allow God’s perfect peace to fill your heart and positively effect others. If you feel God leading you to help people but can’t be there in person, you can still share hope with others worldwide. Ask you church leaders or Pastors to talk with you about this.