In learning the news of Sunday night’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, people everywhere took to the Internet, united in shock and at a loss for words.
While some shared their condolences, and others questioned the world we’re living in, few had more compelling posts than the one and only Candace Cameron Bure.
The Fuller House star is never one to stay quiet about her faith in God, and Monday morning was no different.
Bure reposted a photo from Megan Garrett that quoted John 16:33, which reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”
A powerful Bible verse in light of the events that have now unfolded, but comparably impactful were the words Bure shared with the image.
“Evil doesn’t take God by surprise. He knows we will suffer in this lifetime and His heart breaks with ours,” Bure writes in reference to the verse. “But He’s also still sitting tall on His throne, not pacing back and forth nervously.”
Then she delivered up this powerful truth—an encouragement to others and a reminder that God is sovereign:
“He’s already won. He’s already overcome. The evils we endure in this world are indeed painful…but they are temporary.”
Such words can be hard to fathom during times of tragedy. But we serve a BIG God, whose plans and redemption are far greater than any destruction that Satan can drum up.
In wake of widespread pain and confusion, it can be hard to know how to respond, or what to pray for. Bure shares her own response and prayerful insight, before once again encouraging people with the faithfulness of Christ.
“With a broken heart for the lives lost and the families and friends affected by this tragedy, I pray with very few words. But, I rejoice because God hears our prayers and holds us all tightly in His grip.”
It isn’t always what people want to hear. In our humanness, we want answers. We want to put an end to evil, and we want to react—to do something within our own control.
But that’s not how God works. When we submit to God—during the good times, and the bad—He is in control, and He will always work on our behalf, even when evil comes against us.
Bure closes her powerful post with an encouragement of boldness, calling on others to not shy away from sharing Truth.
“Don’t let political correctness get in the way of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Her words echo those of Jesus in Matthew 10:32-34, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”
In this world we WILL have troubles, that is easy to see. But through those troubles, we know that the Lord has overcome. He has won, and He will go before us in taking the wound that Satan made, and turning it into a weapon.
Our hearts and prayers are with everyone involved in Sunday night’s events.