Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The North Korea Paradox: Why There Are No Good Options on Nuclear Arms – North Korea, a small and poor country facing far stronger adversaries and the perpetual threat of its own collapse, would not seem a likely state to defy four consecutive American presidents.
Yet it is precisely that weakness, analysts say, along with the country’s history and internal dynamics, that drives its leaders to pursue nuclear and missile programs at virtually any cost — and that robs the world of almost any option to limit them.
Those factors, when viewed together, show why Barack Obama warned President Trump that North Korea would be the gravest foreign threat he faced — and why a solution has proved so hard to find.
Vice President Mike Pence, speaking in South Korea on Monday, cited Mr. Trump’s “strength” and willingness to use force, warning, “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve.”
Readings from Isaiah 43.15-19 for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The chariot and horse were the ultimate weapons of war in Isaiah’s day. God makes a way over all obstacles, including modern weapons of war, on behalf of his people. Let’s pray this prayer for the sake of the vulnerable who are caught in middle of frightening war machines of our age.
Isaiah 43.15-19 – I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Prayers for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Dear God, please make a way of peace for the millions who are harmed by military policies in North Korea, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and Nigeria. We trust you and ask you to intervene on their behalf.