This past week we had two senseless shootings in America. There has been a dramatic increase in violence over the past few decades. It can leave us wondering what is going on. It can also leave us feeling confused, worried and a lack of peace in our spirit. It is interesting to me that the one who said things like “love your enemies”, “pray for those who persecute you”, and “turn the other cheek”, the one who is called the Prince of Peace, Jesus, also said of a sign of His return would be “an increase of violence”. The world certainly seems to be much more violent than 20 or 30 years ago.
There is encouragement for me in that Jesus promised that He will be with us always. He also said “I have overcome the world”. Recent events may be part of what Jesus was talking about when He said there would be an increase in violence or even more worrisome is that it could get worse. However we can rest in the fact that it is a sign of the return of Jesus and that He is in control even though it does not seem that way.