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Friday, June 7, 2002
OUR GOD IS NOT IN A
"For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait
for Him!" Isaiah 30:18
By Rev Isaac Newton Johnson
President, Voice of Christians Evangelical Church
LUDHIANA, INDIA (ANS) --
Did you ever notice that our God is not in a hurry? I did on April 30th
2002 when I was awarded a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from International
Theological Open |University, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India, after two years
of study. The Lord has blessed me with this honor after keeping me in the
evangelical field since in 1976. (Pictured:
Rev. Isaac Newton Johnson speaking).
If we go through the Holy
Bible, we see it took 40 years for the Prophet Moses to receive his commission
to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. It took 17 years of preparation
before Prophet Joseph was delivered from slavery and imprisonment. It took 20
years before Prophet Jacob was released from Laban's control. Then the Prophet
Abraham and Sarah were in their old age when they finally received their
promised son Prophet Isaac from our God of Israel. So the question is why is our
God is not in a hurry?
God called each of these Biblical people His
chosen servants to accomplish certain goals in His Kingdom, yet He was in no
hurry to bring their mission into fulfillment. First, He accomplished what He
wanted in them. We are often more focused on the outcome than the process that
He is accomplishing in our lives each day. When we experience His presence in
our lives constantly, it is certain that one day we will realize that God has
done something special in our lives and in our Church through our
Two months back a young Christian girl with her mother, who are
members of our church, rushed to my office at 4 p.m. This young Christian girl
is a B.Sc. Nursing Graduate and wanted to apply that day for a job as a staff
nurse in the local mission hospital. This was not only the last day, but also
the last hour left for applying for the said job and she had unattested
testimonials in her hands and tears in her eyes because it was raining very
They requested me to pray and do something to get these
testimonials attested from a notary public. As I knew an advocate in the local
courts, which is about 4 kilometers away from our church, I hurriedly prayed and
then rushed to the court on my bicycle. They had offered me a motor scooter, but
I politely refused as I knew that I could come back earlier on my bicycle in the
When I entered the local courts, I was stunned to note
that the court was closed due to some national holiday and all advocates cabins
were shut. I continued to pray for this young girl. When I was passing through
the court, I found two advocates sitting in their cabin and they were playing
cards. I rushed in and asked them could they attest the testimonials, even
though it was holiday. They earnestly agreed on my humble request and attested
the required testimonials.
I praised the Lord and was back in my Church
office by 4.40 p.m. By now the rain had also stopped. This fortunate girl, with
tears in her eyes, rushed the nursing office of the local mission hospital by
4.50 p.m. Within next five minutes she had been able to submit her application
for the said job.
After one week the parents of the girl came in my
Church office with a box of sweets (candies) as a thanksgiving as she had been
selected as B.Sc. Staff Nurse and had begun her duties immediately.
Christian family arranged thanks giving open prayer meeting in their locality on
May 19 (Sunday) evening and invited me to speak on this occasion from the Holy
Bible. Apart from local residents of the area majority of the youths, especially
Christian staff nurses, were gathered. The Lord gave me Scripture from Psalms
119 - 9, "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your
word." The Lord gave me burden to share here that out of one billion population
of India, despite Christians are only 2.7%, 70% nurses in India are our
Christian daughters, sisters and mothers.
Indian Christians have played
a vital role in nation building since 1947. Hence we have our constitutional
right to freely profess our Christian faith in this land freely. In this prayer
meeting many youths accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and gave
their lives to Jesus.
On this occasion, the Lord has clearly spoken to me
that He has chosen me to lead the Indian Christian youth boys and girls for
church evangelism and church hospital ministries. By doing this great miracle in
my ministry the Lord wanted to teach me what exactly He wanted to accomplish
through me in my 26 years of Church ministry.
Yes, I can say that our God
is not in hurry, but would definitely accomplish His set goals in our lives at
an appropriate time. "For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those
who wait for Him."
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The above article was published on 1st June 2002 issue of Masihi Sansar (Christian World) newspaper: Freddi Joseph, Chief Editor "Masihi Sansar" (Christian World) Newspaper,) Lamba Pind, Jalandar, India.