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In Days 1-10

We can’t imagine the darkness that those in the clutches of ISIS are living under. But God often works in ways we do not understand or expect. Saul literally went blind before the Lord, and God used this real darkness to give him spiritual sight.

The result was Saul’s radical transformation. Members of ISIS can also undergo transformation when God swoops into their midst. God wants to free them from their tangible and spiritual bondage.

Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. – Acts 9:8-9

God caused blindness so that Saul could really see. A condition that we would normally think of as bad, God used for good. We also see God thwart evil plans and instead use them for good. Paul will later go on to say in his letter to the Romans that, “God uses all things for good.”

Pray that God would thwart evil plans and instead use them for good!

In Numbers 22-24, Balak, the king of Moab, was threatened by God’s people. He hired Balaam to curse them so that he could then defeat them. Balaam attempted to curse God’s people three times, and each time God caused him to bless the nation instead. Naturally, Balak was frustrated; his plans for harm instead brought good to his enemies!

Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert. When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him … – Numbers 24:1-2

Pray that each time members of ISIS try to curse or destroy others, it would bring about a blessing instead. Pray that evil plans to tear down would build up, that plans for death would bring life, and plans of hatred would bring love. Pray that in their frustration they would see the hand of God thwarting their plans and that they would surrender to His will and ways.

Field workers serving on the frontlines of humanitarian crisis are witnessing the Redeemer overturn plans for evil to build up His Kingdom of light. We can hate the planners of evil, or lay hold of the promise that Christ is the answer—that even blindness and curses can bring honor to His name.

“What ISIS means for evil,” writes one worker in Iraq, “God has meant for good!” Read the story in Better Than Life Itself.