Posted on March 18, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
A missionary friend of ours posted this quote on Facebook. It’s worth remembering during this time of uncertainty:
“..the sovereign hand of God orchestrated the events of the gospel and the plans of people’s lives so that the improbable — rebels becoming worshipers of God — would become a reality.”
Just as happened in the lives of Moses, Joseph, Daniel, and the early church – God used world events to reach the people of the world with the Gospel – so we also get to be a part of what God is doing in world events today. My prayer is that each of us is able to see that circumstances beyond our control, even the coronavirus pandemic, provide us with an opportunity to speak the love of God and the message of the gospel to people who are living in fear.
(We may even need to preach this to ourselves, reminding ourselves of the bigger picture of what God is doing and that He loves and cares for us beyond all we can imagine!) The fact of the matter is that when we trust in the Lord completely we will experience the peace of God that passes all understanding.
The Apostle Paul writes these words in II Corinthians 4:16-19 (by the way, these words are inscribed on a stone monument located in ancient Corinth in Greece):
“All things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart…For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
When our faith is in the Lord, we are able to smile at the future (like the Proverbs 31 woman) because we KNOW our future is secure in Christ, We KNOW He will provide all our needs, and we KNOW that we can fully trust His love and His sovereign hand no matter what circumstances we face to do what is best for us and for His glory!
When we KNOW these things, then grace will spread to more & more people!
Written by Kim Olachea: Kim Olachea served as a pastor’s wife for 35 years in NC, GA, and NJ. In 2018, she and her husband transitioned from local church ministry to serve full time with DisciplePath. Kim is the administrative manager at JC Jackson Homes and the owner of Online Bookkeeping Solutions. She is a speaker, writer, and founder of ProverbWise and Pastors’ Wives, EveryDay Lives. She and her husband, Dr. Joe Olachea, lead teaching tours to Israel and Greece, with a unique emphasis on discipleship. Kim enjoys writing, reading, playing the piano, walking, and a few good days at the beach. Her most fulfilling roles include being wife of Joe, mom to five adult children, and grandma to seven adorable, nearly perfect grandchildren. Joe and Kim are loving life in eastern NC.
Think About This: “Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God”- Hannah Whitall Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the [b]beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. –Psalm 27:4
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