December 28, 2009
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
All of us have had days when things just didn't go as we planned them, days when everything turns out wrong.
That was certainly the situation for five young American men who traveled to Pakistan so they might become suicide bombers.
Apparently, nobody told them they didn't have to go to Pakistan to become suicide bombers. Nor did anybody share with them you don't have to apply to the Taliban to get permission to blow yourself up.
Even so, these five American lads showed up in that troubled country and filled out the application forms.
But, as I said, the day didn't go as they planned. The Taliban turned down their application for martyrdom and condemned them -- well, condemned them to keep on living.
And, if that wasn't bad enough, somebody called the Pakistani government and the five were arrested. Now the Pakistani government has informed the FBI who are investigating to see if there is enough evidence to charge these fellows with conspiracy.
So, not only did the five not get to blow themselves up, they're probably going to be brought back to stand trial in the United States.
With their lives in disarray, maybe it's time for somebody to talk to these young fellows about the Savior, who gave His life so they might have life, who was crucified so they might be forgiven.
In the person of Jesus Christ, these five, like so many others before them, can be given a Savior who holds out life instead of death, hope instead of despair, and security where fear now rules.
In Jesus, these five may be brought to see the life of faith has greater rewards than even the loudest and most spectacular of martyrdom's explosions.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I feel sorry for so many who ignore the salvation You lived, died, and rose to provide. I pray for these five and all others like them. May they be brought to the realization that faith and life in You is better than anything a false faith can offer. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries