Mark 7: 20-23 tells us the evil eye comes not from outside the body, but from within. “Out of the heart of man proceeds evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
The Aurora shooter gave himself the name “The Joker” as if the Batman movie was the reason for his madness. We’re talking about a highly intelligent man who carefully planned and executed his every move…smart enough to keep the police force scampering to disarm his boobie-trapped apartment. This was not a man attempting to live out his fantasy, rather someone defiled by the evil within. “The Joker” is the demonic response, stating its name which is equivalent to The Trickster or Deceiver. Their characteristics are identical… evil, liar, devious, scheming and murderer. He walked into the theater that night and preyed on the vulnerable and unsuspecting. Then for some reason he just stopped and walked outside to his car. I see it as divine intervention by God’s warring angels… an answer to prayer.
Matthew 6:20 says “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good your whole body will be filled with light.” Light overcame the darkness of the world displaying selfless acts of love, comfort and compassion. Countless stories of good emerge from this meaningless horrific crime, proving once again that light prevails. A baby was born to one of the survivors… life overcame death. One man shares how he plans to go back to the theater and look down at his seat as a declaration .“he didn’t take me out!” Good triumph’s over evil once again.
As we are overcome by sorrow and many unanswered questions, we can find solace in the eyes of Jesus... eyes that see beyond our pain, brokenness and uncertainly. Eyes of compassion, outpouring love and the intensity of His light. There we find His faithfulness despite our life’s circumstances and rest for our weary souls.
© S.A. Tower, 2012