Read Luke 12:49-53
Strange to say, there are times when those you think are people who can help they turn out… to be TURN-COATS.
In the late sixties, my wife and I were assigned to the missionary post of Rabat , the beautiful, impressive capitol city of Morocco .
One day I received a summons to the American Embassy. I don’t believe I had been before that time, except for perhaps a document or two or a welcome session for all the Americans in the area.
I was ushered into the sumptuous office of an American consular official. He was portly as I remember, and very sure of himself. I soon found that our conversation was in fact NOT ONE. As the monologue continued, it was clear that this officer’s prime purpose of this meeting was to embarrass me because of my faith in Christ, and our burden to make Christ known to the Muslims of this great city.
At one point, he seemed especially sarcastic. I had told him briefly what I was doing, without revealing any more than I felt I should. He leaned back in his comfortable chair and, smilingly sure of himself, said: “Well, you know that many say today that God is dead. I prefer another expression of this error. It is this: God is BREAD.”
Then he gave me a short lecture of his disgust with ‘people who milk money from the vulnerable religious people around them.’ In fact, Billy Graham was his prime straw man.
Ever lose your glasses? It really can put you in a fix! But if you lose your whole God-granted FOCUS of the world made by him, then you have tossed out the baby with the bathwater.
Scripture tells us: “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Well, it is THIS that makes him a fool…. May we never even think of starting down that dismal garden path. God is out there, AND HE IS NEAR! “Emmanuel… God WITH US”.
John Haines, Penney Farms, Florida
Challenge: Check your reaction to promised persecution.
Prayer Focus: Rejection is a forgone conclusion in the Muslim World for those who choose to follow Jesus. Pray for at least one Christian friend to walk beside these brave souls.
Read Luke 12:49-53