Ramadan Day 4- Forbearance
Eritrea – A pastor imprisoned for his faith recently wrote to his wife:
“God, by His holy will, has prolonged my prison sentence to five years and four months. I very much long for the day that I will be reunited with you my dear wife, our children and God’s people in the church.
“My dear, listen to me-not only as a wife, but also as a Christian woman who has come to understand who God is and how deep and mysterious His ways are. In here, God has made me not only a sufferer for His Name’s sake, but also a prisoner of His indescribable love and grace.
“When they first brought me to this prison I thought the devil had prevailed over the church and over me. But it did not take one day for the Lord to show me that He is a sovereign God, and that He is in control of all things – even here in prison.
“The moment I entered my cell, one of the prisoners called me and said, ‘Pastor, come over here. Everyone in this cell is [unsaved]. You are very much needed here.’ So, on the same day I was put in prison, I carried on my spiritual work.
“My most respected wife, I love you more than I can say. Please help the children understand that I am here as a prisoner of Christ for the greater cause of the gospel.”
STAND “ONE WITH THEM” Today, write a letter of encouragement to a person on the Letter Writing section on the Open Doors website, helping them to forbear in the midst of adversity. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Father, how difficult at times is the battle to live victoriously in You. Today, as we stand “one with them” grant patience, endurance and steadfastness under provocation, and forbearance under suffering. May the endurance of those who serve You faithfully in the midst of their adversity be a witness to Your holy name. Amen