If we didn’t realize this already, recent news events should show us that there are people out there who have evil intent and carefully plant to hurt and/or kill other human beings. Unfortunately, this world does harbor some psychopathic killers, some of whose actions are not discovered for years, even decades or longer. It’s good to have discernment and common sense so that we are more likely to make it through this life healthy and whole. However, we cannot live in fear. God is so much more powerful than any crazed, adrenaline-filled human. In fact, if you’re not in a right standing with God, the Bible warns that you should be very afraid:
“‘ I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear Him Who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him!'” – Luke 12:4-5
Human violence to the body has nothing on the power of God against the soul! If, however, you are truly in a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you can rest assured that this powerful God will protect you and not allow any evil to happen to you outside of His will.
“‘ Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.'”
He sets limits on what any evil force can do to a person who follows Him. Job’s story confirms this:
“And the Lord said to Satan, ‘ Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.'” – Job 2:6
Any evil/hardship brought our way is under the sovereign control of our mighty God. If God is for you, who can be against you? Trust that He can and will protect you from harm.
“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?'” – Luke 12:22-26
We must rest in that and be alert to our surroundings while maintaining trust in God day-to-day. Let us not waste time worrying over what could happen, but rather focus on the mercy and grace and protection offered to us by God.