Praying for Northern Illinois University

In the wake of another university massacre, we need to pray for these students, remembering a recent tragedy with Virginia Tech. A few responses are already being posted HERE. We need to remember to pray, as well, for our university students. We need to fit them for heaven as good stewards of the gospel.

As optimistic as many may seem, and as “doomsayer” as this may sound, I do not believe this world is going to get better in a social, political or economic sense. This should not depress us, but heighten our anticipation that all these things must occur…

11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3:11-13

I grieve and hurt for the students and families in this tragedy. We can trust that in midst of such horror, that there is hope. We must hold firm to the fact that our hope resides elsewhere; not in this world’s hope for justice or equity, but in God’s grace extended that we may take final pleasure in Him one day which, apart from his return, can only be experienced through the grave.

As Peter wrote to Christians in many churches who were under persecution, and facing possible death, he gave them something of a “theology in the mean time”…

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

2 Peter 3:14-18

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