As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach ( www.godlife.com ) I received an email from Gordon in an African country. He’s a solid Christian, but his life savings and property are gone, confiscated by lawyers through the courts.
His question: “What could be wrong? I have become an object of ridicule in my community, even in church. I have lost all confidence. My family thinks I am a failure because I am unable to provide as I once did. I don’t know if my prayers are worthy of God. Please help me. God is my only hope at the moment. Gordon”
I felt so sad I couldn’t think how to respond. I turned off my computer and prayed. Later I wrote: “Dear Gordon, I am sorry. Do you remember Job in the Bible? What did Job do wrong that caused him to lose everything but his life? Nothing! He was a godly man. Despite his calamities, he said, ‘Though God slay me, yet will I trust in Him.’ During the darkness of Job’s life, he discovered treasures about God. I believe God is going to do the same for you, Gordon, so that you will better understand God’s purpose for your life. God has given you strength to start again. Thank Him for what you do have and move forward without anger or bitterness.
“Satan is the temporary god of this world, but his reign is coming to an end. Soon Jesus will return and all will be put right. This life is a test. I want to pass the test. You want to pass it too. Continue to praise God, giving thanks even in your trials. This is one way we show God that we are trusting Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about. Jesus loves you Gordon. I care. ~ K”
Gordon’s response: “Dear K, Thank you. My family and I will serve the living God, no matter how bitter my life becomes. As humans we think we need the Protector when the devil overwhelms us. I am learning that suffering breeds faith.”
He continued… “Our hope cannot be based on a comfortable, trouble-free life. Jesus said in John 16:33, ‘In this world you will have troubles, but have courage! I have overcome the world.’ Jesus says we WILL have troubles, not IF we have troubles. Jesus’ promise is victory over the things of this world, not happiness in them. In 1 John 2:15-17 we are warned against loving this world and its comforts. This world is fading away, and so are the pleasures it holds. Nothing will take me away from believing and serving God. Thank you. ~ Gordon”
“Dear Gordon, You just preached to me a sermon! Did you know that? God has given you faith that will help you encourage others, just as you have now encouraged me! Keep trusting and clinging to Him, no matter what. He will not fail you. ~ K”
- Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9-10
- Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him. Job 13:15a
- I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. Job 19:25
- SONG: I LOVE THE LORD – By Kathleen:
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