This Place, This Time

Acts 17:25-27
By: Amy Wheeler, Director of Community Groups & Volunteers, Coastal Community Church

April 27, 2018

Acts 17:25-27 “Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

My friend Katelyn texted me recently asking for prayer for Easter Sunday. She is part of a team launching a new campus one town over from her home, and a friend she has been inviting to church for 10 years agreed to come, because it is closer to her house. Two weeks later, this friend is continuing to attend and even brought her extended family with her. They picked up free Bibles and are asking lots of questions. This was so encouraging to me and convicting at the same time – I can be a little bit of a cynic and I also really like to see immediate results. The faithfulness and steadfastness of Katelyn to pray and invite her friend over TEN YEARS amazed me, and how sweet it was to see those prayers answered! As we are continuing to pray for her friend’s salvation, I can’t get Acts 17:25-27 off of my mind: “Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” It is so empowering, encouraging, and freeing to remember that everything comes from the One who has placed me in this part of the world at this time in eternity for His purpose.

I’m so grateful for churches and leaders that look outside themselves and plant other churches, launch new campuses, and equip people to help others know and follow Jesus. For people like Katelyn who do not give up on praying and inviting and sharing the gospel. For a God who “marked out our appointed times in history and the boundaries of our land” and brings people to Galveston so that he can pursue their hearts. Let us remember that the Lord has placed us here in the Houston area, now, so that we would seek him and lead others to do the same.

Prayer

Father, we know your desire is for humanity to seek you. Thank you for pursuing our hearts and for your ultimate sacrifice. Lord, please open our eyes to see the people you have placed around us at this time who need you. Please help us to never get discouraged or grow weary of interceding for lost people. Please continue to bring revival to this Houston area that we call home. Transform our communities in Jesus’ name, Amen.