Whatever evil the devil has enacted, God will make it bless the kingdom of God if we’ll stay close to Him in faith. Too often though, we blame God for the problem instead of looking to Him for the answer.
Jesus had told the disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), and “you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Years later they were still in Jerusalem and Judaea. It wasn’t until they were persecuted that they left their comfort zone and began to “go into all the world.”
“Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4).
The more the Church was persecuted, the more they were scattered abroad, and the more the gospel spread. They became “accidental missionaries.”
Persecution and tribulation came for them, but that persecution and tribulation became a victory for believers and salvation for the lost!
If those that were persecuting the church had known they were spreading the gospel, they would not have persecuted them. Victory isn’t a life without trouble, but maintaining integrity and faith in the midst of trouble.
As John Wayne would say, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
During these progressively troubled times, God will use us as “accidental missionaries” if we’ll saddle up with Him.
Stay strong and prepared!