There are some people who are feeling that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to hinder mission work and slow the progress of the gospel. They have become fearful and doubt that we will be able to carry on the Lord’s work as we have in the past. I believe God has something much better in mind!
First, we need to look at what God says about His Word. ““For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10–11).
I can’t think of a greater statement about God’s plans! This statement in Isaiah takes us back to Genesis 12 and 15 where God promised Abraham that through him all the nations of the earth will be blessed. That promise and “word” is going to be accomplished. The gospel will reach every people group around the world!
Paul was in prison several times, yet his vision for God’s work was undaunted. He reminds Timothy of two key things in his last letter; “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the Word of God is not bound!” (2 Timothy 2:8–9).
Can you remember those two things no matter what you face? The power of Jesus’ resurrection is still working and the Word of God is never bound! Both are enough for every believer to stand firm in the faith no matter what happens.
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