Another threat against the Philippines was the recent standoff at the Scarborough shoal. China wants to claim an island situated at the 200 nautical mile Philippine exclusive economic zone…… There are many possibilities how the situation can go wrong which may require our naval fleet’s power. How can our apparent 40+ years old empty battleship sold to us by the US against China’s large naval force?
Our nation is in peril every day and we read and see a few of them in prime-time news and newspapers. No one seems to be safe anymore. And with all these happening around us, we still have our own problems that we deal with every day.
With all these fear factors around us, how can one live in peace and security?
We must realize that our safety is in God, not in this world.
Many people spend so much in trying to – make their life be kept free from threats and violence and be ready to defend themselves when it comes. Houses have security systems. Streets have surveillance cameras. Civilians carry guns. Some are almost obsessed in multiplying their money to prepare and feel more assured about the future. Many people invest in technology and things of this world to protect themselves from this world.
However, as a Christian, our safety should not depend solely on these things. David, a king and warrior who was surrounded with kingdoms who were his enemies had written in Psalms 20:7 – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
How could we forget God’s sovereignty and power? How could we forget to ask God and pray to Him to help us get through these everyday trouble?
When North Korea launched their rocket, South Korea and Japan has prepared their anti-rocket systems. Unfortunately the Philippines had none. But the day before their launch – many Christians prayed. Our church intercessors prayed. No doubt, God heard us and NK failed.
More than two years ago, we had lady neighbors who were working at night clubs. The threat of violence and disturbance has bothered me a lot. They were always bringing men with them every time they get home at midnight or dawn. Sometimes, they would party at their yard, get drunk, get so noisy, and quarrel during the night. Their associations were people with corrupted thinking who don’t care about their neighbors. I even nearly got into trouble with them for telling them to have sense of respect and even prepared a steel weapon just in case. By God’s grace, my anger hadn’t overpowered my sanity; instead we started praying for them and committed everything in God’s way. A few weeks later – gradually they were all gone.
In Psalms 46:1-2, it says, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Having fear in tough situations is distrusting God’s power and might. The first thing we do, is to have faith in Him and to seek and discover His purpose, because everything that happens, according to Romans, is for the good of those who believe in Him.
When I had experienced my first trouble in a stormy sea and real sight of a wave 4 times taller than me during a 40-minute rough boat ride to the community where I was once assigned, I was so comforted with the song “Still”. Its lyrics were taken from Psalms 46:1 which says, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
As humans, we naturally react in fear. However, that fear shouldn’t last beyond a minute. Because way long before we will meet those trials and troubles, God has already wholly prepared and equipped us to face them. We just have to trust Him. As long as our purpose on earth isn’t done yet, we will be invincible. We’ll be safe here.