For the week of July 16, 2005 / 9 Tammuz 5765
Torah: Bemidbar / Numbers 22:2 - 25:9
Haftarah: Micah 5:6 - 6:8 (English: 5:7 - 6:8)
God's Covert Operation
The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD (Micah 5:6; English 5:7).
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
Recently there was a report in our news here in Canada about the number of spies living among us from a particular country. News like this is unsettling, especially given the rise of the threat of terrorism. Those of us who are surprised by such revelations have been slow to accept the ongoing conflict that exists in our world. I don't know what it is like where you live, but it seems to me that Canadians tend to have a very naive view of the world. The reality is that everywhere everyday the forces of good and evil are battling it out.
Sometimes the nature of the battle is obvious as it was last week in London. At other times, it's not that obvious. Yet the battle wages on. So much of the battle is actually a spiritual and moral one as those with questionable motives seek to drag the hearts and minds of people deeper and deeper into depravity and destruction.
The most dangerous evil is the covert evil. It's the evil we can't see. That is one of the most frightening things about modern terrorism. We know the terrorists are among us, but we don't know who they are, or when they will strike, or how.
Obviously the terrorists utilize secrecy because it is effective. Its effectiveness is not limited to the end result of their activities, but it has an ongoing unsettling effect upon our societies.
At the same time there is another covert operation that is at work among us that you even now may not be aware of. This covert operation does not have an evil motive – far from it! For it is God's covert operation.
There are people living among us, who are part of a world-wide strategy to affect and influence the world for good. They live in all types of neighborhoods. They work in almost every type of business. They go to our schools. They are in our prisons. You see them in the hospital and on the bus. Some of them may even live in your house. But you don't know they are there.
The forces of evil know they are there and who they are. The forces of evil understand the battle we are in. And they do anything and everything in their power to neutralize our influence, to discredit us, to distract us, to keep us hidden.
If we only understood God's strategy. Like scattered seed in a garden, he has scattered his people throughout the world. He has done this knowing that we are needed everywhere, and that we have a purpose in the cosmic battle that is waging all around us.
Perhaps now is the
time to take action. Now is the time to come out of hiding. What a difference
we could make if only we would take this battle seriously.
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