Urgency. Passion. Timing. Boldness. I’m a young 37 and so I realize that in many ways I have not lived enough life to utter wisdom and “prophecy” and what I see God doing. Yet I also have had more experiences than many live in a lifetime – good and bad. I know this – God uses everything in our lives, everything, for His good. We have to participate in that; we have to be willing to humble ourselves to the point of where our worst moments become the Lord’s greatest victories. Amazing, huh. Amazing.
So I realize that in many ways I am naive in what I am about to say, but here it is – God is on the move. And on the move in the East. I have never felt this kind of urgency or passion or timing. Ever. I can’t explain it. I just know I feel it. Do you feel it?
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Look at the world map with me. I cannot take credit for this idea, but it really got me thinking. Really thinking. In many ways I had been thinking along the same lines and ideas, but had never articulated this. Look with me. Look at the geographical areas of influence throughout history. Look at how God is moving…
The move is westward. Hmm…seems like I have read that somewhere. “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to” (Acts 16:6-7).
I think it is no coincidence that Cambodia is ground zero for human trafficking in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. I don’t understand God’s wisdom and sovereignty, but the movement of spheres of influence, and the ability for God’s missionaries, continues to move westward. It is now in the “east” and approaching the origins of life. Coincidence? I think not. What it means, I have no idea. Except this – God is on the move and Asia is now ground zero for the Gospel. Ground Zero. Human trafficking is prominent, making it ripe for change to occur in people’s lives. There is destruction, injustice, hatred, violence…and the people want change. They are open to change. They are open to the Gospel.
So while we work at the humanitarian effort of bringing justice to unjust situations, we also bring the Gospel. Love in Action. We make a difference – not primarily through our work but through the work of the Holy Spirit; through the person of Jesus Christ, bringing light to darkness. Hatred shattered and God glorified. Love wins. God wins.
So God is on the move. And Asia is ground zero. Are we moving with Him?