Today's Devotional Thought
October 01, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
My husband and I have been in ministry close to 16 years. At our last church my husband went on quite a few mission trips over seas. I always found myself anxious before he left. I was always concerned about his travel plans and how he would do over seas. I was concerned for his safety and honestly just missed him something awful when he was away. I found today’s verses when he went on his second missions trip and they brought me such comfort.
As a child of God’s I knew that I was in his shelter and that he was watching over me but I also knew that He was watching over my husband. I knew that my husband was under His wings and that God was his refuge. I would tell myself that God loved my husband more than I did and that he was there doing God’s work, so He would be protected.
When you are doing God’s work you can sometimes be in harm’s way. I watched a movie recently entitled “End of the Spear”. This movie is about Nate Saint who was a pilot missionary back in the 1950’s and he was on a team that was attempting to reach a fierce Indian tribe who had never heard the gospel and were killing so many in the area they were living in. They wanted to reach them, befriend them and share the gospel with them in order to show them also that killing was wrong. In the process of trying to reach these Indians all these American men were killed. They were doing God’s work and they knew that doing this particular work was a risk to their lives but you see in the movie that they were willing to die for God and their families knew that.
Did they die in vain? No. Did God not watch over them? No. What we can see is that God always has a plan and many of those Indians came into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ because of events that took place after the death of these men. All of these men and their families and the people who came to Christ as a result of these missionaries were all in the watchful care of God. And all experienced Him as their refuge.
When we are doing God’s work and we are dwelling and resting in him, He will cover us and protect us. But, there are people who are still losing their lives daily for our God. But, they are still in God’s watchful protection, in His care, and in His purpose. Pray for protection and peace for those missionaries and their families who are serving overseas. They are making an impact for God and they will be under attack and we need to lift them up. Use these verses to pray for those missionaries ask God to protect them under his wings and to be their shelter and to allow them to rest in Him when times are tough.
If you have a loved one who travels overseas on mission trips and you find yourself anxious, use these verses to remind yourself that God is watching over you and your loved one. And that God is always in control and always has a plan.