As I sit here this morning, I am already seeing God at work. The mission meeting in Oklahoma is starting to take shape and I see God’s fingerprints on each thing that happens. Each person is key to its success. God began this work many years ago. As I consider just how long ago, I find that it began before He created anything. We were in the mind of God and everything needed for us to become what He intended was provided. He has been working ever since and I found Him working in my life long before I found out that I was a part of His plan. You may remember a blog that I wrote recently about HIStory. That is what history is all about, it is HIS story. He alone establishes kings and rulers and He alone removes them. He orders the natural laws that govern the universe and He made mankind, and more specifically, He made me.
He is the one who spoke to my heart and called me out of darkness and into His marvelous light. He is the one who gave me a burden for the persecuted church. He directed me to write The Mystery of Faith, then moved me to where I now live, and connected me with all of the ones who have established this vision of equipping the church leaders. He provided the translators of my book, paid for the mission trips and provided everything to go on these trips. Now I am beginning to see His plan on equipping the persecuted church leaders to do the work of shepherding their churches.
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has some wonderful insights on seeing spiritually. It begins by listing a number of notable Bible personalities who LOOKED for a city, made by God and SAW it from afar (verse 13). There is an interesting note in verse 27 concerning Moses which says “for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Then based on that vision, they responded by faith which is summarized in verse 33-38. The chapter concludes with the statement, “having obtained a good report through faith . . .”
As I look ahead I see a vision taking shape. It is not my vision, but His plan which has it beginning in God, and will see its realization by faith in Him. The hardest part of such an endeavor is to keep my hands off. The temptation is to claim it as my vision, my work, my heart, etc. but it is in truth, not mine at all but His. This is His working so we must not lead but follow, we must not offer our works but our faith in Him. If I can do it without His involvement then it will not require faith nor His power and will not properly represent Him. It is precisely because of this impossibility that I can see the invisible. It is because I see God working on all fronts that I can see His objective. It is because the devil is working so hard to keep people in darkness that they need God’s light in order to see beyond this world into eternity.
We are much like the 12 spies that Moses sent into the promise land to search it out. They all came back with a report that the land was a good and rich land and even brought evidence with a bunch of grapes that it took two men to carry. The difference was in what else they saw. 10 saw the giants and determined that the fight was impossible. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, also saw the giants, but also saw God who was greater than the giants. So here you stand, giving your report of the Promised Land. What do you see, Giants, in the form of an oppressive government or God who is greater than the opposition? What is your report on what you see?