May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations (Psalm 67:1-2).
We live in a home without a television due to our remote location. Any news I may get comes through an app or often through my social media feed. I know, even without reading many of the articles, that the world is a broken place and the posts in my feed just reiterate this truth.
Today during the morning message at church, I was reminded that the brokenness and sorrow comes from the corruption of the heart. Over the millennia since Adam and Eve ate the fruit, the world has continued to crumble. Waiting for Jesus to come and make it right again seems to be so far out on the horizon. We speak of it as a “someday event”, like a young girl might speak of getting married or becoming a mother.
The “someday” is not to be treated as something to hurry up, but something to embrace. While we wait for His return, let us share His salvation with others. Psalm 67 speaks of the way we can use this time, wisely and proactively.
“May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor Selah so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, for You judge the peoples with fairness and lead the nations on earth. Selah Let the peoples praise You, God, let all the peoples praise You. The earth has produced its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.” Psalms 67:1-7 HCSB
We can seek God’s purposes in prayer, asking for Him to show us where He wants us to join Him. Our focus will become clear when we seek His plans and ask Him how we can be used to make “known on earth, your salvation among all nations,” (Psalm 67:2).
Once we see where God is working, we can join Him, going out into our neighborhoods, cities, or to other countries, to engage with the lost and the seeking. To live alongside of them, to encourage and teach them about the salvation, justice, and guidance that comes through Christ.
Even more so, to support through prayer and/or financial means, when oversea travel is not an option. We are called to live out the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV, bold mine). Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Through these different ways: prayer, financial support, joining alongside in the mission field, sharing the Gospel through ministries at home; we can join our Heavenly Father in the work He continues to do around the world until His Son’s return.
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:8-9 ESV).