God controls your world
“But Joseph said to [his brothers], ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’” (New International Version, 1984, Genesis 50:19–20).
The Old Testament Joseph learned to face victory and defeat because he knew that God was in control.
This is not a lesson you learn once and then have it down for the rest of your life. Trusting that God is in control of your world is a truth that one has to revisit regularly and wrestle with continuously.
You know it so well one day and then the next you begin to wonder. You experience its reality in one area of your life and then struggle to live it out in another area of your life.
This truth applies to individuals like you and me and it applies to ministries like OJPM. A door opens in one county and a door shuts in another county. It is easy to say that God is on His throne when the door opens. It is hard to say that God is on His throne when the door shuts.
OJPM has seen ministry opportunities open in various counties and it has seen opportunities close. During the first months of 2019 we have seen ministry open in McIntosh and Mayes Counties. During 2018 we opened new work in Bryan, Lincoln and Logan Counties. Yet we have had to pause our ministries in Canadian and Logan Counties. Thankfully, Canadian County has just opened back up.
God is control but He has chosen to involve us in the spiritual battle. Paul tells us that “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4–5).
On any day we can receive a phone call or email telling us that our ministry is no longer allowed in a county. Those are sad days, but God is still on His throne. God’s ways are not our ways and Satan is a powerful adversary. Thankfully, God is more powerful!
Joe Williams, long-time leader of OJPM, used to say regularly, “The Lord willing.” I have to admit that this would irritate me from time to time. Of course, the Lord is willing! Yet it is in this complete surrender to God’s will and timing that we find true strength and peace.
I read a lot of retirement blogs and Bogleheads is a common term for people that follow John Bogle’s investment philosophy of avoiding fees and using indexes. Bogle founded Vanguard in 1974 and passed away in January. He was famous for saying, “Stay the course.”
OJPM needs Williamsheads, people who follow Williams’ spiritual philosophy of obeying God no matter what. People who trust that God is in control of each day and of each situation and that the “it” will happen “if He wills.”
God controls your world! Does God control you?
Unleashing the captives,