The prophet Habakkuk was intensely frustrated by the ungodliness of his day and complained to God, to which God answered, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something…you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it. I am raising up…a cruel and violent people.’ These people would …cause the righteous to live by increased levels of faith, and the knowledge of the GLORY of the Lord to fill the earth as water covers the oceans.” The birth of Jesus, our Savior, encourages us to remember ancient Israel. Herod, outwitted by the wise men, sent his soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under. His brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through Jeremiah (31:15). Jesus’ birth brought violence. He died alone, in darkness, crying out “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?” He carried all our sins to the cross, the penalty of our sin. And Jesus, God’s Son, continues to call people from around the world, nations that for generations have been difficult to reach with the Gospel. In spite of the evil and hatred Satan is sowing, God continues to use the love of His people, His worldwide family, to make Himself known.
Continue to pray for refugees, both in their own country and around the world who choose to meet regularly to study the Bible. Pray for salvation for thousands and for spiritual fruit that endures. As Simeon prophesied, “He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and He is the glory of your people Israel!"
Pray also for the Urbana Missionary Conference, beginning December 26th. Thousands of college students will be attending to focus on world missions. Some of our GBC family members are attending this conference. Ask God to reveal Himself and His purpose for each, both in their personal lives and in our church life.
Pray also for college students committed to missions trips in Panama and Rwanda during January break.