WEEK 7: He Will Make a Way
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14)
Last week, I had the privilege of visiting some brothers and sisters in Egypt, including a group of about 20 pastors from Upper Egypt who shared about how God is working in their region. One pastor shared how he had prayed about building a church in an area where there was no Christian presence. He was convinced that the Lord spoke to him about building a church in a particular village so Christians could come together for worship, and where the Gospel could be preached to the unreached.
But there was a problem. The biggest obstacle to overcome would be the people in the village who would never allow a church to be built in their community. But convinced that this was what the Lord wanted, he kept on seeking wisdom through constant prayer. After one of the prayer sessions, the pastor went to the one of the locals in the village, a brick maker, to find out if he would be willing to supply bricks for a Christian church in their village. As the brick maker belonged to the regional majority faith, the pastor knew that it would take a miracle for the brick maker to first of all sell bricks to a Christian, and secondly, to allow a Christian to build a church in his village.
What the pastor did not know was that the brick maker had not sold any bricks for months, making him desperate for the survival of his family. Even though the brick maker hated Christians, the joy of selling his bricks far outweighed the thought of a church in the village. So the building started without one member of the village complaining. Everyone in the village was so happy that the brick maker could earn some money for his family. Today, many people of the local faith have come to know Jesus in that village.
I learned four lessons from this pastor’s testimony.
- I was reminded of how God made a way through the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites when they thought there was no way out. For this pastor, there was no way (humanly speaking) he could do what God asked of him. From time to time, we find ourselves in a place where our circumstances tell us there is no way we can accomplish what God requires because all odds are against us, but God makes a way for us to do His will in our lives.
- God is the one who prevented clients from buying any bricks from the brick maker, allowing the pastor to do what God wanted. God sometimes allows things to happen that might seem bad, but in the end, everything will work out according to His will and for His glory.
- The pastor was able to hear God’s heart for the village, and he knew he had to consult his Heavenly Father for wisdom in regard to God’s will for that village. How often do we hear God’s voice for our situation? What does God want me to do, and how often do I consult Him for Godly wisdom?
- Prayer is always followed by action. The pastor could have kept on praying, but he prayed and then stepped out into action, after which he saw the hand of God moving.
May God help us to always seek His will for our lives, to hear His voice clearly, and then to act in obedience.