We awake this morning to the news that North Korea has shot off two new missiles. This follows the nuclear test it conducted just a few days ago. This is a rogue state, “led” by a egotist fueled by communist ideology.
Then we have Iran. We always have Iran.
Not only has this Islamic nation’s leader denied the Holocaust ever took place, he has repeatedly stated his desire to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. The Iranian government has declared that it can destroy Israel in a matter of days. Now Iran has sent its warships into the Gulf of Aden, in international waters, where it has always threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40% of the world’s oil is shipped.
Add to these bits of news American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s comment that the Taliban has regained momentum in Afghanistan, and you have a recipe for jitters worldwide.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Obama last week. The two apparently didn’t see eye to eye on how to bring peace to the Mideast. One of them has a more realistic view of what is transpiring over there. I’ll let you guess which one that is.
Why do I focus on these things this morning?
- First, to remind us that real evil does exist. Christians, of course, shouldn’t have to be reminded.
- Second, to make it clear that the kind of bold, principled leadership that is needed to counteract this evil is sorely lacking in the present administration.
- Third, to encourage us all to remember that our only hope is faith in God. Man’s wisdom cannot lead us out of this mess. We desperately need His aid.
- Fourth, to realize that He wants to help us far more than we seek His help. We need to call upon Him.