A lot of fiery rhetoric is being thrown around the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has been developing and testing nuclear weapons for quite some time now, to the disdain of the United States and her allies. Just a few days ago, NK tested their 6th nuclear bomb, this time believed to have been a powerful hydrogen bomb. To add to this dangerous move, there are further threats of possibly another intercontinental ballistic missile test in the near future. With all this show of muscle by Kim Jong Un and his military, the United States finds themselves in quite a dilemma. Do they go ahead with a preemptive strike to take out the nuclear sites and run the risk of all out war? Do they accept North Korea as a nuclear power and learn to live with this reality the way they have with countries such as Pakistan and India? Both of those options have risky consequences attached to them.
Either way, a path towards peace seems nonexistent at the moment. Is there a better way? Is there a better mindset to have through all this?
Being a Canadian born Korean, the situation that is developing in my country of descent is troubling, especially since I have family within striking distance of the 10 000 artillery pieces from the other side of the DMZ. Not to mention the nukes and the 6 million strong army reserve. So to have a healthy perspective about North Korea is a struggle. It is definitely something I am not able to ignore.
There are several questions that keep circling in my mind. Can North Korea ever change? Will they always be governed by a cultish dictatorship where the people are forced to worship their leader? Will the forced labour camps and prison camps ever shut down? Will the mass starvation ever come to end? Will they follow through on their plans to bomb the South, Japan, and the United States?
Lately, I have found that my thoughts have been less optimistic.
However, recently I found a passage in the scriptures that caught my attention.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 says this.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I realized afterward that there is a power greater than any nuclear bomb. There is a power greater than sanctions and embargos. There is a power greater than any Trump Tweet or Kim Jong Un provocation. (Which sounds crazy I know, but I truly believe it…)
It is the power of God moving in answer to the prayers of His people.
Now I can imagine what some might be thinking. That sounds good and all, but you still need to address the threat of North Korean nuclear capabilities. It must be stopped now.
But there are no other answers.
Sanctions don’t work, as it has been proven over the years. War is not the answer either. South Korea and the nations surrounding the Korean Peninsula would be in danger of mass devastation. Some have suggested that North Korea needs a regime change and that somehow it has to come from within. But in a country that worships their leader the way one would worship a deity, that seems impossible.
But, nothing is impossible with God. Do we believe this?
Where there is a group of Christians praying, there is power to change.
E.M Bounds wrote this on prayer.
God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil…
I want to encourage my fellow followers of Jesus all over the world. We need to seek God in this hour and pray for change in North Korea. The situation is volatile and can trigger another dark era in human history. But I believe good can somehow come out of this bad situation.
May I encourage us to pray for safety on the Korean Peninsula? Let us pray for Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Vladimir Putin; the world leaders whose got the attention of the world right now. Pray for each of their salvation. Pray that God would move in such a way that the world would say, “God must have intervened.”