Seek Ye First

I have less than a week before I go back into South Sudan.  God has blessed me so much this trip.  He has confirmed over and over again that He will provide all that we need to care for these children entrusted to my care.  I am so glad to be trusting in Him.


Every time I come home to America, I find that things ever changing.  This last year in South Sudan my team and I have suffered for the gospel of Jesus Christ to the point of it being almost unbearable.  The Lord reminded me of a word that Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 where he says that they “were under great pressure, far more than they could bear.  This happened so that we would not rely on ourselves but on God.” (paraphrased)


I am seeing many in America, even around the world, suffering through the loss of jobs, the loss of finances due to high medical care costs, the loss of medical care insurance and even through being laid off during the government shutdown.  I believe that God sometimes allows these things to happen when we put too much trust and dependence upon the government, the medical system, money, everything but Him.  So many have turned their faces from God and have begun to count on and rely on the system to take care of them.


Maybe God is allowing all of this to happen so that we will, as a nation, or nations, in desperation, seek Him with all of our hearts and minds and strength once again.  God is waiting for His army, His bride to lean on Him and rely on Him so that we can truly be called sons of God.


In Romans 8:14-17 Paul tells us that by the Spirit we are the sons of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, IF we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory.  Again Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:12, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus WILL be persecuted.”


All that is happening in our world, across the globe right now, should call us to lean on, look to, and rely on only God.  We have to be ready when trouble comes to help others who have not prepared.  God is training His army to stand and overcome.  We are told to rejoice in this fiery trial as God is working all things to the good of those who love Him.  We will suffer and we will be persecuted, BUT we will overcome IF we rely on God.


After loosing all of my possessions in the north, maybe to never see them again, all that I own, I have learned how to rejoice always.  It is a whole lot easier to rejoice than it is to be angry.  The burden lightens immediately when we rejoice.  Let us yoke ourselves to Christ Jesus and pray for our nations and God’s will, however that may look.  Be encouraged that God knows who is in charge and Jesus will not forsake us.  His love for us is radical and everlasting.