In times of crisis Sun 20th Aug 17


I read this morning the latest instalment in the showdown between the United States and North Korea. You are probably aware that, in light of North Korea’s desire to build a nuclear arsenal, President Trump has warned that they face ‘fire and fury, like the world has never seen’. As a result Pyongyang has claimed that they are drawing up plans to strike Guan (a Pacific island which is home to US military bases, strategic bombers and about 163,000 people) by mid-August.

There are those who avidly and often fearfully follow every news report waiting to see where the rhetoric will lead. There are of course just as many we seek to avoid such information at all costs? However, as believers what should or response be to such situations?

Firstly, I believe that we should with confidence and assurance look to our almighty God. The Psalmist reminds us that ‘God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.’ (Psalm 46:1-2)

Secondly, as we watch the news ensure that you remain attentive to God’s will and purpose. Why? Because the reality is that many of the challenges we face are greater than our politician’s abilities and resources. They are not however beyond God’s who, remarkably chooses to use our prayers in order that this will and purpose be made known.


Yours and his, Gareth