There are two countries in East and Southeast Asia where, for the moment, it seems that we are restricted from entry. To the human mind and expectations this is disappointing, at least until we look at the larger picture of what God is doing.
My mind goes back to Paul in Acts 16. He had just found a young man named Timothy who was teachable and willing to go with Paul for further ‘training in the ministry.’ After this encounter in Lystra, Paul set out with his new disciple to preach the gospel and make disciples elsewhere, but they were “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the Word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (16:6-7).
Was Paul discouraged by this? Absolutely not! Paul remained expectant that God would open another door for effective ministry somewhere else. Here is our challenge. If we are determined to follow our man-made agenda, we will miss opportunities that God has already planned for us in order to accomplish His eternal plan. Our challenge is joining Him in what He is already doing.
None can deny the fact that many Asian people groups have immigrated west into countries that are open for us to work in. This is an open door for us to train them in the principles of Scripture so they can return to their indigenous people with a fresh vision from the Lord to reach those we cannot reach. “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night, a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us”” (16:9). We are willing to be redirected to where God wants us. Are you? Don’t miss HIS OPPORTUNITIES!
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