Our world is reeling with the news of devastation in
Psalm 46 describes God as “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…” Despite this cataclysm, we believe in God’s faithfulness. What form can it take in the wake of Cyclone Nargis? In the normative biblical pattern, divine assistance is channeled through committed leaders who will serve the distressed with clear motives. Sometimes, God uses other leaders to accomplish God’s purpose, e.g., Cyrus of Persia. Perhaps God will work through both forms in this urgent and tragic situation.