God is present–in Kabul, and everywhere

As I read the news of a car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, it occurred to me that this event was a 911 call for help in that area. I wanted to address the situation through prayer. A friend recently shared with me that our first response to such a call is right there in the Bible: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalms 91:1).

A prayerful response turns us from a scene of destruction and fear, to God and His presence. God, divine Love, is present right in Kabul, embracing those in need, comforting families who have lost loved ones, giving courage to those witnessing the trauma. 

The 91st Psalm assures us, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day” (verse 5). If God is Almighty and omnipresent, as that psalm tells us, evil can have no place, power, or purpose. The mandate of the First Commandment (see Exodus 20:3) declares our allegiance to God, to good. We can’t “worship” evil by focusing on it, giving it a place in thought, or deifying it as having power. Evil is a counterfeit of good, and does not deserve to be regarded as having validity, authority, or presence. Our prayers to see God’s hand at work in Afghanistan and elsewhere are effective in strengthening stability, order, and humanitarian efforts, as well as denying any place or purpose to violent acts.

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