You may be wondering in the midst of all the current headlines, “Why should we care so much about what happens in Syria? Don’t we have enough to worry about here?” Though reasons are many, I keep going back to one. Because God says to care.
A child’s simple truth – we learned it while we were just kids – but there’s so much wisdom of life wrapped up around its meaning.
“Jesus loves the little children…all the little children of the world.”
“Remember…those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3
Often with the bombardment of constant media reports, we find that our spirits become desensitized, our minds wearied to a state of numbness, or lack of care. Resist that urge. Guard against it. Choose to care.
May God renew our hearts to pray – for His people – for His truth to be known – that He would bring freedom to many. Not just temporary freedom from conflict, but lasting freedom that comes through faith in Christ.
Many years ago, there was an influential man going to Damascus of Syria for one specific purpose – to find and persecute Christians. He was stopped in his tracks by a bright Light and a voice out of heaven. His life was never the same. Jesus Himself set Paul on a new mission in life. His impact on our world still continues today. I can’t help but to think what a special place this country holds in the very heart of our Lord. For many, God did then what seemed to be – impossible- miraculous – amazing.
He’s still the same God.
And maybe like the Syria then, the Syria today is still a place where God will again do amazing things.
There is immeasurable power in our prayers. Don’t ever doubt it.
As one pastor of Syria says, “We know God has given promises, that God is going to protect the Christian community in Syria and our trust is not in any powers — not in the regime, not in the U.S. — no one else. We are trusting God himself that He sees and He hears the cries of the Christians.”