Life in Iraq right now is hard, very hard, on everybody. It is hard on the coalition troops, Iraqi army and police, and especially hard on civilians. Unemployment is high, the country is awash in weapons, and municipal services in the great cities are barely functioning in the 110-degree summer heat.
And here is one of the bitter ironies of the Iraq war: as fast as American armed forces and their contractors can repair the electrical power grids to the cities, saboteurs knock them out. In Baghdad, for instance, there are 17 high-tension lines running into the city but as of today only two were operational. The rest had been sabotaged. Isn’t that infuriating? Why would these agents hurt their own people? Why won’t they let the U.S. help Iraq?
The answer, of course, is that these insurgents don’t really care about the lives of Iraqi citizens. They care only about power. They don’t want the Americans and British to leave feeling victorious. They want them to leave feeling defeated. It is their plan to gain power by making as much misery as possible.
Think how God must feel as he attempts to help the human race. Sinful people want God out of their lives. Even at frightful cost, we want our own independence. He has given us many wonderful gifts, but like Iraq’s insurgents, we all too often sabotage his gifts. He gives us marriage, which is all children’s best friend, but our society is fast losing its respect for it. He gives us the church, but we are losing interest in “organized religion.” He gives us his Word, but we prefer vague, self-constructed spirituality.
Today, I promise to renew my appreciation for my marriage, my church, and my Bible. Will you join me?