A Time of War

A Time of War

If you had been born in 1841 you would have been 20 years old when the American Civil War began. If you happened to be born in 1910, you would have been 4 years old when WW1 began and 39 when WW2 began.

Most of us alive in America today have been blessed not to have experienced war but we should not think that it can’t happen to us. We should also not think Putin invading a single nation is sure to be just an isolated event that won’t have worldwide ramifications.

Un-repentant man has not changed from when James penned these words:

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” – James 4:1

The same desire for empire-building that we saw in earlier times – Persian, Babylonian, Han dynasty, Ottoman Empire, Spanish empire, British Empire – seems to be resurfacing with Russia and China the most-likely aggressors.

The times and seasons that happen in the world are under the authority of God:

 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Our best course of action is to put all of our trust in God and rely on Him to show us what to do in times like these:

“…For thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” – Psalm 4:8b.

Pray for the people of Ukraine.

Imagine if you were in the shoes of that single mother or that senior citizen facing the prospect of war at your front door.

Pray for the people of Russia.

Most probably don’t want this war but are powerless to do anything about it. Even protesting is illegal there.

Pray for the nations and the leaders of the world.

Whether Putin is allowed to get by with this current invasion with just economic sanctions -or- NATO mounts some level of armed combat, there will be impacts.

Pray for the USA.

It’s a bad time to be divided at home when a united front is needed to deal with external threats. Pray for our President, Congress, and all leaders who by providence must make decisions on how best to address this situation. Pray for unity among our citizens – at least on this issue.

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