Why should the nations say,
“Where, now, is their God?” – Psalm 115:2
One of the great insults to the Holy Spirit is for the world to say, where is God?
The insult is grievous to Him personally because God, the Creator of heaven and earth, has His handiwork written all over creation. Just the ability to open your eyes, then looking around and seeing creation, is a testimony to the power of God. In case you were wondering, one of the prime responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory and honour and praise to God. So His work matters and for people to notice His work and to praise God for them matters.
Is this question posed to us, the followers of Christ? As our churches close their doors, as attendance drops, as people choose to spend their Sundays doing what they choose to do, as the Bible becomes the most owned book as opposed to the most read book — then the world turns and says – “where, now, is their God?
I work with Partners International who decided a long time ago to work through locally led national church leaders. We wanted to provide them with catalytic support in sharing the gospel to those who have never heard it once, to those who live in the hardest to reach areas of the world and have the least resources to do the work God has called them to do.
The secret to their success – 1 church plant happens everyday somewhere in the world – is showing the village, that they walk with the power of God. They may get killed, they may get beaten up, they may receive insults in the most grievous nature – yet through even this, the village see the power of God and open their hearts to the gospel message.
So while the church in the west has little to glorify God and thereby posing the question – where, now, is their God? – and are looking out for themselves, we should know that in other places of the world, there is a church that has opportunity to glorify God every single day by sacrificing themselves. Every day they glorify God and the community around them takes note and see that their God is an active God.