If you are of the age to remember back into the year 1999, you may remember the day April 20th. That is the day of the Columbine High School massacre, in Littleton, Colorado. The very first victim was Rachel Joy Scott, a 17-year old girl. When the killer approached Rachel, he asked whether she believed in God. Rachel’s response was “You know I do.” That’s when the killer replied, “Well, go and be with him.” Then Rachel was shot in the temple. She could have begged for her life, she could have denounced God in hopes that she would live. But Rachel did not, and she died for her faith. Why would she not denounce God?
Spend any amount of time in the Bible and you’ll be treated to stories of people who were not unlike you or I or Rachel. However many of these people faced circumstances that would leave us shaking way down deep in our very core. They faced fiery furnaces, threats of sure death, torture, innumerable enemy troops, shipwrecks on stormy seas, and even being thrown into lion’s dens. They faced these difficulties not knowing just what the outcome would be, and did so with faith and courage. What would cause them to behave that way?
They had faith – in God. They knew about the covenant that God made with His people, starting way back with Abraham. They knew that God had a plan, and they trusted that God would see that plan through. They knew that no matter the outcome for them personally, God’s will would be served and somehow or another. They knew that God would make the situation turn out for good.
And, good did come out of each of those circumstances. Even the death of a 17-year-old Christian girl. She got the ultimate reward, eternity in Heaven. And those of us on earth, learned about, and benefitted from, her story. People were inspired. And, I am sure that many others took encouragement from Rachel’s story. People stepped forward and expressed how Rachel touched their lives. The talked about how Rachel stood up for them and encouraged them when they were being picked on or harassed. Two years after her death, Rachel’s father developed Rachel’s Challenge, a national non-profit organization, that aims to stop school violence, bullying, and homicidal and suicidal thoughts in students. As a result, there are documented cases in which school violence has decreased, bullying has decreased, and seven planned school shootings were prevented.
Money, fame, control, or fortune cannot provide the security that God provides to us. True love from a spouse cannot provide the security that God provides to us. The best parents in the world cannot provide the security that God provides to us. There can be no greater security in this world than knowing that God has a master plan, and that we play a part in that master plan.
Rachel was part of that plan. You and I are part of that plan. We need to place our full faith and trust in God and God’s plan. If God calls you to face uncertainty, we can be assured that no matter what the outcome is, He will equip us. He will be with us, just as He was with the heroes of the Bible, and just as He was with Rachel.
Hebrews 13:5b-6 “for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, ESV)