Through history, God has repeated his promises so that we His people would keep them in the forefront of their thinking. Man’s rejection of the knowledge of God has never nullified the promise that all mankind will know that God is the Lord.
Think for a moment of the Lord’s words to Moses: “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them [the Israelites], and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:4). The worst assault on the people of God turned out to be the way God was going to reveal who He really is to a wicked ruler and his nation. It was the same turn of events with the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. He had succumbed to pressures from his administration to throw three men into a fiery furnace, but God revealed Himself in a fourth man that is “like the son of the gods” (Daniel 3:25). From this, Nebuchadnezzar wrote to “all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell on the earth…the Most High God…His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation” (4:2-3).
God speaks through Isaiah and says, “all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob” (49:26).
We must not allow the present rise in persecution in many places to cloud our vision of what God is yet going to do through it. Yes, we suffer with such “as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3). Though the suffering of God’s people is real and painful, through it, He is going to be known in every nation (people groups – ethne) on earth. Let’s be concerned about His glory being revealed even through our suffering.
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