Daily Topic for February 10, 2007

Hab. 1:5
"'Look at the nations and watch-and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told'"

God went on to reveal to Habakkuk that He planned to use the ruthless Babylonians as His instrument of punishment for the degenerate nation of Judah. At first, Habakkuk protested that God’s strategy seemed to condone the Babylonians’ violence and arrogance. It still seems today that often God is silent “while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves” (1:13). But as we watch the ebb and flow of international affairs, we can be confident that God is wisely and fairly working out His purposes until “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (2:14).

Father, we praise You that Your Word will indeed be fulfilled so that all peoples on earth may know of Your love.

Sufi Muslims in Chechnya

Ugh, Ugh, Ugh! The guttural sounds accompanied the stomping feet of men’s swaying bodies moving in rows of three concentric circles. Suddenly they stopped, faced right and walked slowly counterclockwise. Gradually they speeded up their pace and each man began to hop on his outside foot until the lines drew closer and closer finally merging into a spinning ball. Again they stopped, reversed their direction and repeated their actions.

This dance-like activity, called “zikr,” took place a few months ago in Chechnya where traditional forms of Islamic religious expression are being revived and displayed in public by Sufi proponents of this demonstrative Arabian interpretation of Islam.

Much of the administration of Chechnya is conducted by pro-Russian, Kremlin-backed kadyrovsky Sufis. Even though the Kremlin has been concerned for decades about Islam’s influence in this Islamic region, no efforts to eliminate the organized Sufi brotherhood’s activities have succeeded. Indeed, the above “zikr” ceremony was to bless the foundation of a mosque, which rests on the site of the Communist Party’s former regional committee’s headquarters! It will hold 10,000 worshippers making it the largest in the republic. Its sprawling complex will include a religious school.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send some of His dedicated followers to lovingly display the peace and power of Christ’s presence in a person’s life.-MC

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