It’s no secret that the global financial system is teetering on the brink of serious problems and world economies are slowing down. I haven’t heard from any friends in the U.S. who’ve lost jobs at this point but here in Mexico the squeeze is already being felt.
Juan, who accompanied us to the marriage conference just a couple weeks ago with his wife Carmen, was one of about 600 PPG employees to lose their jobs last week here in San Juan del Rio. Juan led our worship and music time this morning and he gave glory to God for being in control of everything and despite the uncertainty and difficulty that goes with being out of work after years of solid employment, his hope and trust are firmly in Christ.
During the testimony time this morning, Miguel (our Mexican elder) shared that as times have suddenly gotten difficult and uncertain for him and especially for his employees at Scribe, the Lord has given him many opportunities to share Christ with these workers as a number of them have sought him out with questions about God. What a beautiful thing to hear when Miguel told us that he had the opportunity to lead one of his employees to pray to receive Christ as his Savior this past week. Praise God!
Sometimes the difficulties of life are excellent opportunities for the Holy Spirit to draw a person out of their self-confidence and apathy toward God and into a saving relationship with Jesus. How awesome is that?!
Whatever the times may hold for all of us in the weeks, months and years to come, may we not forget that the times are in God’s hands and that His purposes for us and for this world transcend time and circumstances and reach into eternity. May comfort and good times NOT be the one thing that prevents us from carrying out and living out God’s purpose.