Too often we try to live by reasoning, not by faith. This summer I went on a mission trip to Haiti. I consulted The CDC (Communicable Disease Center) website and read that those with non-essential travel needs should not travel to Haiti. I thought, My travel needs are not essential and therefore I should not go. It’s dangerous there and I might get hurt (or worse).
Then I remembered God’s promises of protection and began praying them: “You who live in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty will say of the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust" (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV). As I recited the words of protection in Psalm 91, I saw again that I must live by faith and not by reasoning. Our church prays this psalm over mission teams, and it gives those of us in the field great confidence. We sent a team to Liberia during the Ebola crisis, and I would never have dared go on that trip without knowing my church was praying this psalm over us every day. Our team also prayed it every morning before going to the mission site where we worked.
I went to Haiti and had an amazing time, witnessing God’s work in this impoverished land and learning new ways to minister with these people. Had I stopped at human reasoning I would not have gone. Thankfully, I went beyond what I could see to what God promised and stepped out in faith on those promises. We came home refreshed, revitalized for ministry, and reminded that God is faithful.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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