From a worker in the Middle East
In the news we’ve seen various demonstrations. Some days there are orderly expressions of discontent, and other days there’s violence and even death. Outbreaks of disgust have even begun in our own city overseas, something we didn’t expect. Many have been hurt, and two have died.
People are tired of oppression. They want freedom … freedom to be who they are, to speak their mother tongue, to say what they feel, and to live the way they want. They want dreams of peace and prosperity to come true. Yet the lack of results from peaceful attempts has led to violent revolts.
Our craving for freedom simply reflects a deeper yearning for liberty, the liberty of one’s soul from sin’s power. This freedom can only be found in the One who many reject, Christ Himself (Acts 4:12). Providing people with freedom and prosperity without addressing their spiritual needs simply sends them to hell after loosing a few more possessions.
Near the end the Cold War, a man exiled from Romania was asked what he thought Satan would do next. He said, “I’m not interested in what Satan will do next. I’m interested in what God is doing now!” Two months later Romania gained its freedom.
As you watch the frustration and the anger of the oppressed throughout the world, know that God is “demonstrating” His mighty hand, too. In fact, He does his finest work by frustrating man’s plans. Pray for the local and foreign believers to redeem this evil and chaotic time (Ephesians 5:15-16) by wisely and lovingly reaching others. And pray for many to enter the true freedom, the true peace and the true rest that come only through Christ.
“For He Himself is our Peace …” (Ephesians 2:14a). “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it” (Hebrews 4:1).