The Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
In 1975, civil war broke more than Lebanon’s cedars. Almost a million people lost their homes; a hundred and fifty thousand died. Imagine going to a church service and coming home to find the skeletons of what were once buildings–empty frames and ashes of the life you used to know.
On Tuesday, a missionary from Lebanon spoke to the members of the Africa Mission Team. I heard a testimony of brokenness that evening: how God uses broken people and shattered situations to accomplish His purpose. That man fairly radiated joy. He lost his house to war; God spared his life. He was forced to leave his homeland; God gave him the Christian education He knew would be most useful. He lost family; God wrote his love story as well as that of the woman who’d become his wife.
What is ministry? For sure it involves immediate, full obedience and complete trust. Even when you see God working and can’t make sense of the broken pieces. Even when it means an inglorious chapter of life, a large stack of textbooks, a broken family, or the loss of something precious.
Ministry starts with knowing and loving the God who heals all brokenness, the only One who ordains where all the shattered pieces fall.
Therefore, seeing as we have received this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But we have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
–2 Corinthians 4:1-2