A radio personality, I think, mentioned one day the steadfast patience and perseverance the Islamic terrorists have compared to the West. The Islamic terrorists planned many attacks, most notably the 9/11 attack. That one took years of planning beginning in the Clinton era. The radio personality compared the terrorists’ perseverance to the West’s impatience.
We can’t even wait to save for something we want and instead use a credit card to obtain it. One man expressed his anger over having to wait one second in a line. He says he leaves if he has to wait. What the Islamic terrorists have over us is perseverance, good planning, and strategy. Biblically speaking, the Old Testament has many stories of how long it took for God’s plan to come to fruition, like Jesus on the cross or Abraham’s first son. While the extremists plan for years, generations even, we pray a request and expect God to answer like typing in a search term on Google—press enter and we expect results.
While obviously there are many negatives regarding Islamic terror groups, we have to give them credit for their patience, strategy, and perseverance. While violent mobs occupy the Middle East, we are encountering a different movement. A quieter Islamic movement using our own laws, political offices, political correctness, and the internet to creep into our country. In Dearborn, Michigan, Sharia Law unofficially reigns. In early 2012, a protesting group of Christians were allegedly stoned at an Arab Festival. There are honor killings or the threat of honor killings. While it’s peaceful here (except for the violent occupy crowd), the quiet is like a cat stalking its prey. It’s not the violent mobs that are running the Islamic groups, but the more intelligent, highly educated ones. They provide the kindling for the raging Middle East fire and the quiet stalk of the United States. But in life, we can always learn from our enemies and that lesson is perseverance and patience.
Hebrews 12:1 exhorts us to run a race. We must persevere to the very end. The trite term, “Our plans are not His plans,” come to mind. Like the terrorists, we should wait, but like a Christian, wait in holy anticipation of God’s purpose. So while results may not come quick enough to encourage us in our race, we can know that God’s timing will be perfect.
One of my favorite reminders of God’s purpose for my life is in Romans 8:28:
“In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Can I pray for you?
Dear Heavenly Father, to my readers I pray for Your Purpose in their lives. I pray for the unbelievers who drop by and visit. I also pray that our difficulties may glorify Your name and in those difficulties we may be more aware of the joy surrounding us.
In Jesus Name, Amen