We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight
Today as I completed reading day 63 of the 66 day Bible reading plan, only Hebrews to Revelation remaining now. I sense that as I am nearing the end of one thing, I am beginning to awaken in another. Having been here for nearly 3 months now, it has been an absolute blessing. I cannot begin to thank my friend enough. It has been a time of peace and solitude beyond what I could imagine. I thank the Lord for this opportunity to draw closer daily.
Now, like a creature stirring from hibernation, inevitably I consider and pray into the areas that are upcoming. But like a bear sensing the turn of the weather, it is only time to clear the eyes. Getting ready to shake off the drowsiness of comfort and be prepared for the battles that lie ahead.
In 4 weeks I travel to Nepal, to link up with my friend and brother in Christ, the Nepalese Pastor Bhim. I will be there for 6 weeks to assist him whichever way that I can. Pastor Bhim runs a church, an orphanage and travels internationally to train and advise other Nepalese Pastors. We are going on two missions whilst there, evangelising and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ along the way.
Nepal is one of the poorest places in the world, traditionally there is a ‘Caste’ system where the bottom of that system are treated like dirt, ignored and are deemed unclean and untouchable. Kathmandu, its capital city, is also known for its abundance of temples, to many different ‘gods’. It is nicknamed ‘the city of a thousand temples,’ spiritual warfare runs deep and lurks around many corners.
Being an orphan myself, I wonder how much inspiration and hope of the Lord Jesus I can share with these ‘little ones’ who from no fault of their own, find themselves as orphans. I thank God that He has found a way for these to be brought up in a Godly manner.
We live in a world that is more broken than before. There is more wealth, more materialism, more food than ever before. There is also more separation, more greed, more control of the things that are needed by lesser and lesser amounts of people.
There is much more rich people in the western world and that is sadly recompensed by the diabolical increase of poverty. The competitiveness of every man to succeed has only left giant holes in society which men and women fall into. Addiction, pain and poverty, brokenness, all freely distributed by Satan.
But there is hope and love for all in Jesus Christ. To take away the pain, the desperation, the loneliness, to forever take their sins and pin them on the cross of Calvary. The work is already done, the blood of Jesus is already spilled, the Lamb freely gave His life so we and they gain liberty. The resurrection of Christ Jesus was completed as the scriptures foretold, three days after. All these poor souls need is to take hold of the victory that was won for all mankind!
But they can’t for they do not know. They do not know, for no one has told them, and even if one has told them and they did not hear are they not to be told again? For who decides their fate, not I, said I, for each, is as valuable as each, isn’t the price of life invaluable?
So today I ask you and myself, what can be done, what is being done, and how can I be a better servant?
Well now is the time for sowing seeds, whether in Rochdale or Nepal or wherever you may be, there is a need. The winter is all but over, spring is around the corner. If we look to start planting the seeds now and soon, how bountiful will the harvest be?
If you know an outreach network in your church or area, why not offer your help and support? Why not ask your Pastor how you can help in the local area to show the love and hope of Jesus Christ to the lost and needy.
I have also Good News to share today. Last Sunday I ordered a boxful of Nepalese Christian tracts from America. Shipping time was estimated between 3 and 6 weeks (I had 5 weeks). They arrived yesterday! In record time, 1 week and 3 days. Hallelujah.
To walk by faith is to put all your trust in the Lord, and live in the realm of faith where the mountains do move!