Syria continues to dominate headlines. However, instead of focusing on what is happening in country, the world waits to see if the United States will launch a punitive attack on the regime of Bashar Assad.
As the U.S. Congress returns to session, the media is asking good questions:
- U.S. on Syria chemical attack: What’s the evidence? (CNN)
- Obama’s full-court press on Syria: Confidence or desperation? (Christian Science Monitor)
- Syria vote: What happens if Obama loses? (Christian Science Monitor)
The whole Senate is expected to vote by the end of this week. The House of Representatives won’t give their say until next week, reports Fox News.
It is still unclear to most of us who perpetrated the chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people (nearly a third of them reportedly children).
Still, the most important thing she has said is the following:
Pray, pray, pray. We don’t know God’s will for this crisis. But we can continue to pray, YOUR will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Sometimes we pray out of our emotion: our fears and our individual desires. There is a time for that. However, on these global issues, it is imperative that we listen for God’s agenda. God lets us participate in His agenda through prayer.
Do not think that Elijah, for instance, willed drought in Israel to start and end (1 Kings 17, 18). He prayed for the rain to stop and start (James 5:16-18) not for himself but because it’s what God told him to pray.
So it should be with us. Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3 that for everything there is a season, even war.
Elijah could have not prayed for drought knowing it would make life hard for most. Yet, God’s will there was to attempt to draw Ahab and idolatrous Israel to repentance and reconciliation with God.
What if this is Assad’s call to repentance?
Please do not misunderstand. I am neither for nor against the U.S. striking Syria. I am a watchman and a herald.
What I’m saying is ask God to show you the big picture. “ADONAI, God, does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7 CJB).
Jesus reinforces this at the Last Supper:
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15 CJB)
He has revealed so much to us through His written Word. Let us pray for more understanding and revelation about the times in which we live.
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