It shouldn't have come as a shock when on America's independence day we received the news alert that North Korea had finally perfected a missile capable of hitting the United States.
Many people including Christians are responding to this development with fear and hatred. I agree that North Korea is Americas enemy and it might seem like a perfectly natural feeling to be afraid for our safety. First of all, though, we have nothing to fear. We are told 365 times in the Bible not to fear! That's one reminder for every day of the year! :)
Psalm 91:1 Amplified version says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]." Jesus reiterated this in John 15:1-8. My translation of these verses... "If you stay connected to the vine, everything will work out fine."
When we still struggle with fearful thoughts, what we need is a greater revelation of God's love. 1 John 4:18 reminds us that there is no fear in love and that God's perfected love casts out fear. We also have to remember that the love of God has been shed abroad (spread completely around) in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5)
Once God's love is controlling us, His compassion will bubble up in us; and what once were thoughts of retaliation will become thoughts of mercy. As I began thinking about these things, I truly felt God's heart for North Korea. God's heart is that all people come to repentance. His mercy always triumphs over judgment.
So as the news alerts continue to pop up, let's commit to pray for North Korea. God is so rich in mercy. His mercy endures FOREVER! In fact, all 26 verses of Psalm 136 say "His mercy endures forever." :) As we pray for God's mercy on America, let's not forget about the other parts of the world that haven't experienced God's love yet. It's not too late.