As I read through the Pakistani Christians’ story, the words or rather, phrases I first encountered were: “…twin suicide blasts, severe injuries, alone, pain, emotional distress…”- this was most likely the worst tragedy of their lives. But then, I thought that if ‘…every Christian in Pakistan’ would remember this day (Rewind to two years ago- 22nd September, 2013), it would mean that they somehow have regained strength (You would have to be discharged from the hospital for you to remember the pain you felt when you were admitted).
What then, and who has kept them going and growing stronger even though ‘the religious intolerance is increasing?’ They ’consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.’ (James 1:2-4). Even though their loved ones died in their hands, all they manifested was strength and faith in God. They looked further into the great beyond instead of the now. They equally understood (and I’m sure still understand) that ‘blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has Promised to those who love Him.’ (James 1:12)
We must therefore understand, like the Pakistani Christians, that in all trials and temptations, ‘the LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’ (Psalm 18:2)
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