God knows what he is doing

Whenever I get discouraged, I think of Elijah and his complaints to God about being the only one in Israel who is faithful to the Lord.

But God gently chides Elijah, saying that “I reserve seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal.” (1 Kings 19:18).

In effect, he is saying: “Elijah, I am in control.  Don’t forget it.”

That’s a good thing to remember when we feel gloomy about the state of the Christian church and the future of the kingdom of God in the West.

I believe that there are green sprouts springing up in what seems to be a Christian wasteland in Europe and North America.

God is reserving many who are not bowing their knees to the anti-Christian spirit of the age.

One of these bright signs is the growing prayer movement around the world.

Pete Grieg, author of Red Moon Rising, has helped spawn 24/7 prayer groups in many countries.  They are praying for transformation of their countries as well as for personal concerns.   And people are finding Jesus.

Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, has had a great influence on young Christians for many years.

Christian history proves that prayer is the prelude to powerful moves of God.

God has promised that he will bring spiritual healing to our ailing cultures if we pray (2 Chronicles 7:14).

There are of course many other hopeful developments.  New people with a deep commitment to God are breaking ground in desert areas.

The reason many of us tend to get discouraged is that we can’t see what God is doing all around us – just as Elijah did not see what was happening in ancient Israel.

I love the story of the prophet Elisha comforting his servant Gehazi who was appalled by the huge Aramean army that surrounded Dothan where Elisha was living (2 Kings 6).

Elisha asked God to open Gehazi’s eyes that he might see the heavenly army of angels ready to do battle against the invaders.  Gehazi saw and the Arameans were delivered into the hands of the king of Israel.

We need to trust that God knows what he is doing.  We need to believe that God will work things out according to his plan.  And we need to believe that his plans are good.

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