As many already know, there have been some horrific acts of evil in Myanmar in the last couple of months. Simply put, violent conflict has arisen between the Rohingya people and Myanmar’s military.
One article from the New York Times goes into detail of the horrors that have taken place. For the sake of this reflection, it’s necessary to point out that babies were thrown into flames, women were sexually violated, men were decapitated, and people were methodically executed.
Many men, women and children have fled their destroyed villages into Bangladesh – currently figuring out what to do and where to go next.
Weeping and Praying
It’s hard to know what exactly to say when you hear stories like this. Maybe it’s not a matter of saying anything at first. Maybe the best thing to do is to simply weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).
Consider the emotional words of King David when he was in the midst of evil:
“My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.” (Psalm 55:4-5)
We can imagine those who’ve fled from the destruction in Myanmar feeling the same way as David – their hearts in anguish, the terrors of death surrounding them, fear and trembling upon them, and horror overwhelming them.
David says later on in the Psalm,
“But I call to God, and the LORD will save me… He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.” (Psalm 55:16,18)
For many of those in Bangladesh currently suffering from the indescribable pain they’ve been through, the God of the Bible isn’t called upon. Why? Most of them come from a Muslim upbringing and have probably never heard about the true God of the Bible. Now, God doesn’t need to be called upon in order to save, but He certainly listens to prayers for salvation and answers according to His will.
With this in mind, take some time today to do what so many of them can’t – call on God for their safety, healing, comfort, and salvation.