Tonight as I see the terrifying images and hear the report about the terrorist killing of 84 human beings by fanatical terrorists, even more wounded ….on the National day of France, we come face to face yet again with the question of our purpose of existence ….what is our role in the midst of all this?
What drives us everyday, to do what we do? What gives us pleasure? Motivation for yet another day?
Even as a mission worker serving in the field, I am confronted yet again tonight as we pray for France.
Little did I know that God had put us here in this land to serve Him in a time of turbulence…
More well-meaning friends do express their concern and care regarding our safety staying in France..
Yet I do not feel that we can be safer anywhere else than to be “in the will of our God”.
I am reminded of the preacher in Ecclesiastes 3:
1 There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to search, and a time to give up searching; a time to keep, and a time to discard;
7 a time to tear, and a time to mend; a time to be silent, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
The Purpose of Life
9 What benefit does the worker gain from what he undertakes?
10 I have observed the burdens placed by God on human beings in order to perfect them.
11 He made everything appropriate in its time. He also placed eternity within them—yet, no person can fully comprehend what God is doing from beginning to end.
12 I have concluded that the only worthwhile thing for them is to take pleasure in doing good in life;
13 moreover, every person should eat, drink, and enjoy the benefits of everything that he undertakes, since it is a gift from God.
14 I have concluded that everything that God undertakes will last for eternity—nothing can be added to it nor taken away from it—and that God acts this way so that people will fear him.
15 That which was, now is; and that which will be, already is; and God examines what has already taken place.
May the Lord show us clearly what is our role in this time…
John and Rebecca LIM