The New Year was coming and we were wondering what we could
give to the believers as we teach in 2018. What precious Word
of our Lord could we explain to them to prepare them for the
imminent coming of our loving Savior? Their lives are not easy, as
many people in our area are extremely poor. However, they do not
show this in their behavior. Most of them are exuberant in their
worship to the Lord.
We have already taught them that our God is the Almighty, the
Alpha and Omega, that all things belong to Him, and that all
things are possible with Him. So now, how do we face the coming
difficulties and perilous times that are ahead? We came to the
conclusion that teaching “a greater knowledge of the Almighty” is
what we should give to the believers we teach in 2018.
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.
Could we teach them that under all circumstances they can be still and trust God, even when there are
wars and rumors of wars; when there are famines and earthquakes in various places; and when they are
hated for Jesus’ sake? Could we then, quietly like children, look up to our Father and be still before Him,
believing that all things are in His hands?
What if we could lure the believers away from the distractions of this world, which Satan puts so lavishly
in front of their eyes? Could we teach in such a way that our Lord Jesus and our Loving Father become
more valuable to the believers than this world which is damned for destruction? What would happen if
each of us had a small closet to hide in, where we daily seek Him earnestly with His word in our hands?
Slowly but surely the character of our Father would become clearer in our minds and hearts, and we
would start to trust Him more and more to the point where we come to believe that to die is gain. (Phil.
1:21). To be with our Lord forever is more to be desired than the frilly, empty attractions of this world.
Grant that the Lord will give us the ability, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to make this clear to His
children in 2018.
“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
In his service,
Ben and Marianne Janssen