There is no question our world has become smaller. Because of technology, we can instantaneously see what’s going on around the world. And that means, when tragedy strikes, it’s magnified. That coupled with social media, multiple news outlets, and kids’ connected online almost every waking moment—those tragic moments can be viewed, sometimes without adult supervision, and it can get scary. What do we do? Remind them that God’s in control. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand” (ESV). Isaiah 45:7 tells us, “I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things” (ESV). Why? Many times to lead people to Himself. 

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Suggested Reading: Proverbs 19:21,, Isaiah 45:6-7,, Ephesians 1:11