Daily Topic for December 26, 2013
Jesus said, “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Revelation adds a third qualifier: the faithful. Many are called, few are chosen, and fewer still are faithful. Why might that be? Why do so many believers, including many leaders, not finish well? There is just one reason. We are in a war with a desperate enemy who is doing everything he can to survive. The only way to defeat him is to stay close to Jesus. Those who overcome are those who learn to put on the full armor of God and keep it on at all times.
Pray that we will draw closer to Him as we press on to take His Word to all nations.
Formula One race cars roar around Bahrain’s Grand Prix track. The prestigious race came to this island nation in 2004. Each spring since then, the world of auto racing looks to this oil-rich Arab kingdom.
But the roar of racecars could not drown out the protests of Bahraini Arabs in 2011. Demonstrations that year led to the cancellation of the popular event. When the winds of the so-called “Arab Spring” swept through the Middle East, many Shi’ite Bahrainis hoped that the time had also arrived for them to obtain some power in Bahrain.
The rulers of the oil-rich island country belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. Only a small minority of Bahrainis follow Sunni teachings. Meanwhile, most of the inhabitants of this country are Shi’ite Muslims. They have felt the sting of discrimination for two centuries, ever since the Al-Khalifa family conquered the island chain. With the discovery of oil, the gulf between the powerful wealthy and the weak commoners has grown. In recent decades, periods of improved treatment were followed by brutal crackdowns. The 2011 “Arab Spring” stirred the Shi’ite hopes of overthrowing the rule of their religious oppressors. Instead, military intervention crushed these dreams.
Formula One racing has returned since that 2011 cancellation. The king destroyed the site of the protests. But unrest continues to rumble just beneath the surface.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that increasing contacts with outsiders will include a sincere witness from followers of Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will raise up Bahraini persons of peace to seek the truth in Jesus.