Daily Topic for February 15, 2007
The heart of God for all the nations is very evident here in this last book of the Old Testament. God wanted His people to shine forth among the nations so all could see His salvation. So it is today. God wants His people to shine forth among the nations so that all the world’s unreached peoples may know His salvation. How will the nations hear of the “sun of righteousness with healing in its wings” (4:2) unless those who fear His Name gladly go to them with the message?
Father, what a privilege it is to be entrusted to carry Your good news to the nations! Let our response to that challenge bring honor to Your Name “from the rising of the sun, even to its setting.”
“I saw it all! Women crying until they could never speak again, men shot down in front of my eyes and the spirit gone out of my people. I don’t know why this horror happened! I only know I’m still filled with anger, pain and horror like so many of my people. Where is God? I really don’t know. We continue to suffer in a living death of hell! Many just won’t talk about it anymore.” Fikret, a Muslim Bosnian, expressed his deepest emotions to a Christian aid worker in Sarajevo regarding their devastating attack at the hands of the Serbians.
Bosnia and Herzegovina united (Bosnia) to become a single country in 1992. Then a three-year civil war broke out among the Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), Croats (Catholics), and Serbs (Eastern Orthodox). About one million were killed, 2 million displaced and 70 percent of the buildings were destroyed.
The country is slowly recovering, but unemployment is more than 60 percent. Most youth feel hopeless and many accept Islam only as an ethnic identity. Christian agencies work among the Bosnian Muslims to help them restore their lives emotionally, physically, economically and spiritually.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Bosnian Muslims will be receptive to Christians and receive a new life of hope through the love of Christ.-PD