Just a short two weeks ago the world teetered on the brink of a missile strike against Syria. Following the inhuman use of sarin gas to murder innocent men, women and children our President labeled this a moral outrage and announced our intent to administer severe consequences for this violation of international human rights.
Feelings were mixed among the nation, abhorring the senseless deaths of so many yet hesitant to reengage in the role of the world’s policeman.
Believer’s prayed including over 10,000 people who prayed and fasted with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square on Saturday, September 7th. Imploring God’s mercy and wisdom, yet peace seemed humanly hopeless. But God.
Monday, September 9th, Secretary of State John Kerry makes an offhand remark in answer to a reporter’s question. He suggests a seemingly impossible and improbable solution to the crisis. The drumbeat for military action marches on. Then with a surprising “twist” of allies Russian Prime Minister Putin quickly affirms the impossible and Syria, grasping an opportunity to divert military action, agrees to negotiate. President Obama welcomes the diversion. The fever of war diminishes.
Such unlikely cooperation between Russia, Syria and the United States causes me to wonder. Might this surprising turn of events be evidence of the invisible and unseen hand of God who rules all mankind? The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants. (Proverbs 21:1) Might we not give praise to a God who answers fervent prayer?
Whatever your political view, the unexpected and timely turn of events causes me to honor our sovereign Lord who moves in the affairs of men and answers prayer. He rules still over the affairs of men and that gives me hope. How about you?