Daily Topic for December 06, 2013
In times of war, military units are often asked to hold a position until relieved. In a similar way, it may seem that in some areas of expanding the Kingdom of God, we are merely standing our ground and holding on to past advances. In such cases we have to remember that by maintaining a presence for the Kingdom in difficult areas of the world, we are still being faithful. Soon our Leader will come with all the reinforcements we need to establish His kingdom in all its fullness.
Pray for us to hold our ground as we see the Lord win the remaining unreached people groups.
“What do you do when this happens to you?” Marisqua, a Syrian Arab, gestured with her hand at the ruins of her home. Her friend, Fatima, an Iraqi Arab, started to cry, and the two women embraced. When Fatima gained her composure she said, “This looks just like my home in Iraq did before I came here. Different militias with guns and rocket grenades made it impossible to live there. So we came here to Syria and started a business. Now you Syrians are facing the same fate.” She began to cry again, and ironically, the Syrian woman whose home was recently destroyed was now trying to comfort her Iraqi friend.
Sectarian violence in Iraq had made life unbearable. A couple of years ago, it seemed that Syria provided a stable alternative for Iraqis. However, today Iraq’s violence seems tame compared with the regular bombings in Syria.
Most of the 62,000 Iraqi Arabs who now live in neighboring countries like Syria are from the middle class. They have a better education than most people, which gives them an advantage in the job market. The vast majority of the Iraqi Arabs in Syria are either Sunni or Shi’ite Muslims which makes them vulnerable to getting involved in Syria’s sectarian war whether they want to or not. Iraqi Arabs have suffered a great deal since the two gulf wars started in 1991.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these suffering people will give their lives to Jesus, the One who can comfort the afflicted.