Forge the chain, the chain of imprisonment determined for them. How long should a city wait and watch as bloody crimes take place – and the city gets more and more violent – and scary for the innocent citizens? When should the authorities finally declare that the chain should be made? Regardless of the lawlessness around us, and the disregard for others – or life itself – God is the final Judge of it all. I don’t know about you, but I find a great deal of comfort in that truth.
Our God is love – but He is also the most fair of all Judges! He will decide when the chain should be made – and He will determine who is bound and who is free. Believe me when I say the freedom that God grants is the greatest freedom you can experience! Did you know that once you ask God through Christ to forgive your transgressions, He not only forgives them, but He FORGETS them? We’ve all heard the expression FORGIVE AND FORGET. Sadly, the forget portion of that rarely, if ever, applies to other people. But your Lord is willing to forgive and forget. So – when the enemy of your soul tries to slap you in the face with your wrongdoings – and you ask God to forgive you for them again… God’s going to say, WHAT SIN ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Isn’t that wonderful?
When we see others causing havoc around us, we need to stop in our tracks and pray for them. Nobody is beyond God’s reach – and He knows the motivation behind their actions. It’s not up to us to say MAKE A CHAIN. We can’t count anyone as hopeless, because God is the only HOPE they have – and He’s ready to help them when they’re ready to ask Him for help.
I’m not suggesting that laws should not be followed and observed. I am saying that being violent toward those who are starting violence is not the right solution. There’s one more old saying I’d like to throw out there for pondering… Two wrongs don’t make a right. Being violent against a violent person is stooping to their level, don’t you think? I’d rather take the violent person to my Father in prayer. Only God knows their heart and mind. He knows the motivation behind the act. Let’s pray for the troubled in our midst. 🙂