This is a critical week for Lebanon as the Lebanese President General Michel Suleiman leads consultations with parliamentary groups re the appointment of a new Sunni prime minister. Yesterday night, and at the end of the first of a two-day mandatory consultations, the streets of Beirut, Tripoli and other parts of the country witnessed different manifestations of protest. Lebanese people went to bed yesterday night not knowing what to expect in the morning, yet – and not surprisingly so – they woke up to yet another normal day of work, school, etc… Praise God! The Lebanese Army is very alert and on top of things, and we continue to get the sense that everyone is keen on maintaining security in the country. Again, we stand encouraged and hopeful.
In such days, listening to the news – whether local, regional or international – can be quite alarming especially that each news agency has its own agenda and affiliation. As I think of the state of panic that one can get into while switching from one channel to the other attempting to make sense of things, I am thankful that God is in control and focus on His promises and His word in Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.” Our country needs leaders after God’s heart. Difficult?! Not for God! We pray and await His intervention.
I believe that as Christians we are to hold on to His promises that we may not be overtaken by the sense of panic and confusion that disables us from doing the work that He has called us to do. May God give us wisdom to guide our countrywomen and men to put their trust in the Lord and not in human leaders – that they may have peace.
Please pray for the consultation process and outcome – that His will may be done.
Pray for the people of Lebanon – and the Lebanese Army.
Pray for the Body of Christ in our country – that we may not be distracted from doing the work that He has called us to do; that our lives – at all times – reflect the Source of our peace.
Thanking you for your care and prayers.
In His grip,
Lebanese Baptist Society