Reading: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Thought: Nothing will take place this year that will frustrate the saving purpose of God. 

Meditation: Nothing can frustrate the plan and process of salvation. Not world affairs, persecution or natural disasters. Nor can temporal prosperity, nor apostasy, bad preaching or no preaching in some churches. God’s Church is being built, His body is growing, His Kingdom is expanding, despite the attacks of Satan and the flux and failures of organized religion. The Word of the Lord is still running.

He can use a snow storm to bring a young boy named Charles Spurgeon to himself, or a horrific thunderstorm to redirect the life of a young lawyer named Martin Luther. He can use a dream to bring a young boy to conversion, who would later become a Bishop in Nazianzus and a defender of Trinitarian theology. He can make the “wrath of man to praise Him” (Psalm 76:10) as He did in the life of Lee Strobel who was determined to prove His non-existence.

I, and you Christian, are part of that plan of redemption as we fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18). We can have confidence therefore, to speak the Word, to evangelize—we should be encouraged to—knowing that all things converge, even our foibles, fumbles and feeble attempts, to further God’s everlasting kingdom.

She is from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

This “thought” is taken from the outline of a message preached by pastor Habib Sakr at Grace Chapel, Markham (31st December 2016).