A matter of choice – a matter of trust.
[Anyinam, Ghana – 27Sept. 1317 lt, Tuesday] Choice is a great thing. Everyday we are faced with decisions that require a choice. These choices are from the simplest things in life to the most complex. Not everyone makes the right choice, but we must live with the result.
Thus far, during this ministry endeavor in Ghana, we have made a clear Gospel presentation in eighty separate venues. The sizes of the groups have ranged from less than a hundred to over 1,000 in attendance. In every one of these venues people have been confronted with the opportunity to respond to Christ or reject Him. Nearly every time we speak we share the simple proclamation of Jesus recorded in Revelation 3: 20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him …’ and every person individually decides what they will do when they hear the knock on the door.
When the invitation to call on Jesus by faith is issued it is clear to see the difference in lives. Some people simply refuse the invitation and others respond. It is a stark reminder that not everyone who listens to the Gospel hears the Gospel. The entire work of the Gospel is the work of God. I am thankful that God’s grace is sufficient! Please continue to pray with us that God will open the minds and hearts of those to whom the Gospel is presented.
It is a divine work and responsibility that God has given us. Every team member realizes this and takes seriously the assignment. This work is not easy, cheap, or without risk. We know that we are on enemy ground when we stand and preach the Gospel. We know that it is God alone, by grace, that we are kept safe while we travel the roads and venture into the bush each day. We confess that our safety, health, strength, and security is from our Heavenly Father, who is so gracious as to remind us of this truth continually.
As I was sitting in the Rover this morning, awaiting my time to speak to a gathering school group, God’s Spirit prompted me to read Psalm 27. Listen to the words of the vvs. 1-3:
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
Isn’t it wonderful how God speaks to us through His word? I have a choice to make: Can God’s word be trusted? I say “Yes, a thousand times, YES!”