"Why are the nations so angry?"Psalm 2:1 (NLT)
This verse has been ringing over and over in my heart for the past few weeks. I'm certainly not a geo-political analyst, but I'm struggling to get my brain around the war in Ukraine. I'm stymied by the lack of response on a global level; just as I'm baffled that Syria has yet to find a resolution, and yet that terrible situation has fallen off the news radar.
But eastern Europe isn't the only place where anger drives the powerful. In Nigeria, Boko Haram raids schools and steals children into the forest in an effort to move their goal forward in creating an Islamist state. I must be naïve, because those actions seem to be at odds with achieving their goal.
Afghanistan remains in turmoil despite years of war and global powers investing lives and treasure.
There remain political instabilities in Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt.
There is on-going conflict between India and Pakistan.
And of course, the never ending struggle between Israelis and Palestinians.
Why are the nations so angry?
It's interesting to me that nearly 3,000 years ago the psalmist was writing of a reality that is no different today. Nation rises up against nation. Brother battles Brother. For what? Is it all for power, property or resources?
The earth has traveled around the sun thousands of times since these words were first penned, and yet we find ourselves in the exact same place. It makes the writer's insight of a broken world all the more meaningful. Thankfully, the writer has a solution. By taking our eyes off of ourselves, of our national pride and our selfish desires, we can find peace, and more!
"But what joy for all who take refuge in him."Psalm 2:12c (NLT)