I write this devotional while sequestered in Saudi Arabia, with no knowledge of when I will be able to return home. My spirit sinks as I hear of lost liberties around the world as well as where I am. All my best-laid plans for ministry in the Middle East have been arrested by an unyielding “stop movement” order issued by the U.S. military.
Frustration is my cellmate.
Meanwhile, in the unseen spiritual realm, the Father continues His work without hindrance. I yield my spirit to the Commander’s voice and wait. What authority would I have without the Father who has given it to me? I stand before Him alone. God reigns in power over our enemies, even invisible ones.
Yet, there is light. Religious services that might have reached a handful in person now reach many across the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Afghanistan through video conferencing. The people turn to God in their uncertainty. And He is glorified, not in spite of the stop movement, but because of it.
We may be patriots, but the Commander of all the angel armies is our Sovereign King. Let us all remember this as we press forward with conviction to choose true freedom over our own comfort, fixing our eyes not on what is seen, but on the eternal (2 Cor. 4:18, NIV).
Prayer + Reflection
- What perception of power or control do you need to release into God’s hands? Pray that God will open your hands, and that you will submit to His will.
- Read Hebrews 11:7-10. Today, Memorial Day, let the acts of courage of those who came before us inspire us as we press forward with a persistent faith that glorifies God and invites the Holy Spirit.
- Pray for those feeling lost, “stuck” or neglected in your community from lack of personal contact. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see them, that you might encourage them that this season is not a “stop movement” but a redirection. Thank God for His continued ministry to you, also!
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