“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” ~ Hebrews 13:5 ~
God always protects. He always provides.
He knows everything that happens in our lives – the good and the bad – and He can use both for His glory.
On September 22nd, around 8pm, two thieves broke into the volunteer house belonging to Jive, Gemma, and Donna.
Nearly every night for a couple of weeks preceding the 22nd, the volunteers who live up at the volunteer housing section were reporting attempted break-ins – even when the occupants of the houses were at home.
On September 22nd, Jive and Gemma had gone to prayer meeting. Donna was at home feeling sick and with Donna still in the house the thieves came in and stole a laptop, a camera and all of Jive’s identification papers including her passport.
We praise and thank God that Donna was not hurt and that more things were not taken. As of yet the documents have not been recovered.
When something like this happens our first reaction tends to be feelings of anger. We feel violated and want to catch the perpetrator and make sure they can never do that again. These are feelings that all of us here experienced in the wake of the break-in. There was talk of setting a trap to try to catch the thieves so that we could bring them to justice and get back the stolen items. When bad things happen to us our first thoughts are often of ourselves; of how we have been wronged.
We discovered last night in prayer meeting that God had been working on all of our hearts to bring about the same change.
In Sabbath School today we were studying about the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We read in the Gospel of Luke where the Pharisees come to Jesus and tell Him to make the people be quiet; to make them stop singing and praising. Jesus answers that if the people were to stop singing and praising, that the stones themselves would cry out. (Luke 19:40) In the next verse we read that Jesus began weeping. Why was He weeping? Because the Pharisees were not respecting Him as they should? No! But because when the leaders of the Jews rejected Jesus they were rejecting God, rejecting His mercy and because of that the city of Jerusalem would be destroyed, and many Jews would die and be lost.
When the Pharisees rejected Jesus, His first thoughts were not about Himself. He did not think of the dishonor that had been shown to Him or the wrong that had been done to Him. He saw the bigger picture. He saw the Jews. He saw us. And He wept for those who would reject Him and be lost. This is the Spirit of Love.
The change that Jesus wrought in our hearts as we continued the 10 days of prayer was that instead of looking at how we had been wronged, we began to have a desire, a care for the souls of the thieves. Instead of just praying for the stolen items to be returned, we began praying for the salvation of the thieves and that God would use this situation for His glory and that we would learn from it the lessons that God wants to teach us to refine our characters.
Please join us in praying for the two thieves, for the return of the identification papers and God’s continued protection over this place. Please pray for Jive and that God will show her the way forward from here. We know that God is still in control and that He will continue to provide our every need. We want His will to be done and glory be brought to His name.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 ~