These questions and more run through our minds and hearts when we face difficulties in the Lord’s work. The Holy Spirit has given us a very specific calling to equip the church for renewal and church planting among the unreached on a biblical foundation, and yet the number of those who respond is so small. Tradition, money and hard hearts seem to throw up obstacles everywhere.
I take great courage from how the Lord stood by Paul and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified in the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome” (23:11). Trails and occasions of standing before kings and rulers to plead his case and testify of the gospel still lie between him and Rome. For him, it did not matter what he must endure, God’s word and plan was spoken and Paul must press on.
Have you been discouraged by setbacks in ministry or life? Be sure to remember the promises of God that will never be broken. Let them confirm the will of God for going forth in His name and power with the gospel to the nation at your doorstep and around the world.