Alistair BeggDear Friend,

It is striking to consider the fact that the infinite God who created all things is not only interested, but invested, in the affairs of our daily lives. In the everyday humdrum events of our routine, God is ever present and steering our course with direction and purpose. Nothing happens except through Him and by His will.

We can more clearly grasp His providence when we look at the storyline of the Bible from a panoramic perspective. It is only then that we can begin to see how seemingly insignificant events are woven together and form the far greater picture of God’s master plan for our salvation.

The Bible presents us with many stories of trusting men and women who, in the simple acts of everyday life, were moved in a purposeful direction by God’s hand and will. In most cases, the individuals who shape biblical history lived and died without fully knowing the extent to which God used them to establish His Kingdom (Moses never arrived at the Promised Land). When studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and even lesser studied individuals such as Ruth and Esther, it’s important to understand that they were ordinary people used by God in extraordinary ways. (Incidentally, only two books of the Bible are named after women, and they are really worth studying if you aren’t familiar with them!)

What is important for us to take away from their experiences is that it is no different for us today. Whether we are in a position of significant influence or are humbly inconspicuous, God directs our steps – sometimes in ways that are seen, but mostly in ways that are unseen. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

It is not easy in a culture accustomed to immediate response and instant gratification to wait months or years for prayers to be answered. Long delays often leave us discouraged, disillusioned and wondering if God has abandoned us altogether. What we pray for in our silent moments may not materialize within our expectation of immediacy. In fact, what we pray for in our lifetime we may never see fulfilled. This is what Maurice Roberts referred to as one of the posthumous joys of a Christian – that all of the things we prayed for in our lifetime, we may only see fulfilled once we’ve reached heaven. We can be assured that God is sovereign over our struggles, hears our cries, and uses the difficulty in our days to draw us to Himself. This is true whether our prayers are answered within our generation or in the next.

If you would like to learn more about God’s sovereignty, I recommend our featured series this month titled God of the Ordinary. The study picks up the lovely story of Ruth, and I hope you will take the opportunity to learn from this touching example of faith and providence. You may also find it surprising to discover that Ruth’s hardships were not unlike our own. Ruth’s steadfast faith in God serves as a model for how our lives can be used for His purpose and how we can discover true peace and contentment living under His will.

Our resource this month is a book titled Created to Praise. My friend and mentor, author Derek Prime, sets out a helpful way to expand the subject matter of our prayers. He also offers insightful suggestions for finding peace and comfort in times of difficulty through prayers of thanksgiving and praise. We often find ourselves searching for help during the dark times, but Created to Praise helps us discover the peaceful calm that can relieve us during our distress when we praise God for His goodness, even during the storms. I encourage you to request your copy.

Thank you for your continued support of Truth For Life. It is our passion to see unbelieving men and women transformed by the Word of God into committed followers of Jesus Christ. Your prayer and financial partnership form the bedrock upon which our ministry stands.

With my love in the Lord Jesus,
Alistair

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