The Earth is Shaking But God is Shouting
This past year has been an incredible year: from uprisings in the
Middle East to historical floods and droughts to consistent wars and
Matthew 24:6-8 “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See
that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but
that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines
and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of
As God’s grace and call on our lives is to proclaim the goodness of
God in the middle of destruction, to proclaim salvation in Jesus in
the midst of a broken world. These things that are happening in our
world become the opportunities of God to see Matthew 24:14 come to
pass in our generation.
As I have looked historically at modern world missions, we’ve had four
1.William Carey led by example and provided leadership in reaching of
the coastlands of India, Africa, and South America.
2.Hudson Taylor spurred on world evangelization to the inlands of
China, Indonesia, Thailand and others later took up the cause for
Africa, India, and South America.
3.Cameron Townsend in the 1930’s and the emergence of Wycliffe Bible
translators but even more so the importance of reaching the forgotten
tribes, languages and people groups. The church developed a mindset of
reaching people groups.
4.If William Carey was the father of the coastlands, and Taylor was
the father of the inlands, and Cameron Townsend was the father to stir
us to tribes and people groups then what is this generation? This
generation is called the “Finishing Generation.”
We know where all the peoples of the world live. We know how to get
there. We even know people already in contact with them.
Matthew 24:14 states, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in
the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end
If there has ever been a generation that has the opportunity to preach
the gospel, so that all will hear and have the opportunity to respond,
it is now. As we look to the challenges of our world; regardless
whether these famines, wars, and rumors of wars are demonic, or
whether they are natural, part of existing on the earth or whether
they are God allowed - I am not sure we’ll ever know - but one thing
we do know is what we are called to do. We are called to run into the
places of pain and brokenness and offer hope, grace and mercy in the
person of Jesus Christ. And to offer a Kingdom called the “Church” as
a place to love, serve, and care for others.
As you see world events shaping ask yourself, ask the people around
you, “What is our part to play?” As God has raised us, the Finishing
Generation, up for such a time as this, how shall we pray? We should
always pray and not lose heart. We should always give generously and
abundantly to causes and people engaged in these different areas and
we should always go.
We recently sent another team into the turmoil of North Africa as we
will be heading up humanitarian work among that tragedy in this area.
But the gospel is two dimensional, not one. We will be carrying with
us the hope of Jesus Christ in the midst of meeting practical needs of
Muslims all over the Middle East and North Africa, crying out for
May you be stirred again. May you know these shakings around the
planet are not just empty filled with empty despair, but rather that
these are the birth pangs of the coming of the Lord, if we would see
things the way God sees it and respond wholeheartedly as the people of
My prayer is this: God would you keep us on mission. God would you
let us see things the way you see things. God would you let us respond
and look on the multitudes with compassion, like sheep without a
Matthew 9:37-38, “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is
plentiful, but the workers are few.’ Therefore beseech the Lord of the
harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
May we run to the battle and not away from it, with the hope, the joy
and the love of Jesus that is stirring in our hearts.