Philip Yancey is my favorite author, his books, “The Jesus I Never Knew”, and “What’s So Amazing About Grace”, being my favorites.
I subscribe to Yancey’s newsletter. His global travels, speaking engagements, and prolific writing make his posts both engaging and inspiring.
The daily news can be fairly scary and depressing. And, like a master defense attorney, Yancey makes his case that what’s going on in our world (even with ISIS in view) should not instill with Christians a “spirit of fear.” Instead, Yancey cites from his travels this past year example after example of Good News – the type of news we don’t get to see or hear about on the major networks or internet. In short, what Yancey shares here is first-hand knowledge of seeing the hand of God at work throughout planet earth. It. Is. Powerful.
Remember, it was Jesus who said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” (John 5:17) So, even though Satan may work his slight-of-hand, attempting to prevent us from seeing what God is doing in redeeming mankind – it’s happening. Everywhere. Not in the spot-light, but just like Jesus ministered in first-century Palestine: quietly, yet thoroughly. Nothing can stay God’s hand or prevent his pursuit of mankind. Not even the gates of hell.
As I read through Yancey’s article, I, once again, could “hear” Jesus whispering, “I’ve got this.”
Below is an excerpt from Yancey’s newsletter followed by the link to the newsletter in its entirety. Read it and, you too, will be reminded why the Bible tells us, “Do not fear.” Soli Deo Gloria, nw
“Each of these experiences [shared in this newsletter] gave a different glimpse of how God’s kingdom advances: slowly, steadily, and mostly out of the limelight.”