Monday, June 25, 2007

What is going on? Where is God in all of this?

"On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria." Acts 8:1

This event occurred after Stephen boldly proclaimed true redemptive history and as a result was stoned by the religious leaders. I find it interesting how this event, like so many other "non-planned" events in church history, was used by God for his kingdom purposes. In fact, this event was the beginning of the fulfillment of what Jesus spoke of when he proclaimed that “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Sometimes we wonder “what is going on” and "where is God in all of this". I am sure the early believers had these thoughts. Why is this happening to the church? This can’t be what God intended. Well, maybe it is exactly what God intended for the furthering of his kingdom. Do you even feel this way about your life? I know I have, only to find that God used those trials and “set backs” to bring me to a place where he could use me in significant ways for him. God can use all kinds of circumstances for his glory. I find this to be very awesome and assuring. We just need to stay faithful to him and remain in him – even when (or especially when) our world is being shaken. God is sovereign.

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