In Australia we love stories where the underdog wins. I too like an unexpected twist when all seems lost but was not. So it is that I love the ‘But God …’ moments. Looking back, I can now see and praise God for many such moments, moments in my life when things were desperate and all seemed lost, ‘but God …’ What ‘But God …’ moments do you have where God stepped in and gave His peace or reassurance even amidst trials and struggles?
May I propose the biggest ‘But God …’ moment for all humanity happened at Easter.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our wrongdoings, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NASB).
Christ died for us when we were still sinners. We should have been the ones crucified, but God took our place. But it did not end there. Everything seemed lost, after they took the body of Christ and laid Him in a tomb, “but God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30). We are not left gazing in despair into the agonising suffering. Instead, we are made alive together with Christ! It is the empty tomb that the angel of God invites us to “come see” (Matthew 28:6). We are invited into an eternal hope in a living Christ!
And now, together, we invite the unreached to come hear and see, that they may also know the love of God, that they may also experience the victory of the cross, that they may also have a ‘but God …’ revelation. May I invite you, too, to “come see” in the stories we are bringing to you in this issue of Skywaves. Come see the many ‘but God …’ moments – of miracles, of lives freed and of lives transformed.
I pray that these will encourage you to look beyond the suffering to the victory of the cross. I pray that these will gladden your hearts, knowing that whatever situation you are facing, there will surely be a ‘but God …’ moment. This is how we stand together also with our partners around the world amid their great struggles.
May God richly bless you as you look to the victorious cross in the season of Lent and Easter.
In His service,
National Director, FEBC Australia