For over sixty years the United States and the Republic of Korea have maintained a military alliance against the forces of North Korea. The slogan that best captures this friendship and commitment is “katchi kapshida” which literally means “we go together.” On June 25, 1950 North Korea launched an offensive with the purpose of uniting the peninsula by force in order to create a communist state. Over 54,000 Americans gave their lives defending the south until finally an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. My dad was one of the Marines who was wounded and decorated for his heroism during that war. North Korea never signed a peace treaty so technically both the south and north are still at war. Today, an uneasy truce exists along the 2.5 mile wideand 160 miles long demilitarized zone (DMZ).Many believe it is only the bond between the U.S. and South Korea that keeps the North from attacking.
Micah 4:5—Though all the peoples each walk in the name of their gods, we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God forever and ever.
Beyond the border of good and evil, Satan works unceasingly to subvert the relationship we have with our Father. He does all that he can to turn us against God. He deceives people into worshiping other gods. He seduces them to rely on power, wealth, recognition or pleasure—anything that will pull hearts away from worshiping and obeying the Creator. Who we choose to go together with is profoundly important.
There is no alliance as powerful in the world as the one between God and His children. What is astonishing is that He chooses to walk together with us through our earthly journey with the promise that, because of Jesus, He will one day bring us to His eternal dwelling.
Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?” Once we agree according to God’s terms to walk with Him, we are guaranteed redemption. As Moses with the Israelites sang, “You will lead the people You have redeemed with Your faithful love; You will guide them to Your holy dwelling with Your strength” (Exodus 15:13). How about setting aside some time to pray Thank You for making our katchi kapshida possible!
A growing love relationship with the living God is vital. When all of our self-effort and external obedience grinds to a halt, the thing that keeps us going is a personal relationship with God.—Casey Bartele, Athletes in Action
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)