Thursday, November 12, 2009

Be Encouraged - God is at Work

You never know what the Lord will use to turn someone's heart to Himself. Lee Strobel, a cynical newspaper man, set out to disprove the gospel and ended up believing it. After years of resisting God, Saint Augustine heard a child's voice singing, "Take up and read; take up and read." Hearing those words, he took up Paul's Epistles to the Romans and read from chapter 13, verses 13 & 14. They were just the words God used to turn Augustine to repentance. Lottie Moon, who later became a missionary to China, was kept up all night by a barking dog and, through the course of that night, surrendered her life to the God she had steadfastly resisted. A young man we know who is in prison for murder has been transformed by Christ and is now a vibrant believer behind bars.

Are you praying for a loved one? Don't give up. We do not know what is going on in another person's heart and mind, nor do we know just what God will use to bring that one to Himself. It is our job to love and pray; it is the Holy Spirit's job to convict and draw people to Christ. He is at work, even when it doesn't appear so.

"But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself" -- Jesus, as recorded in John 12:32.

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