“I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27
What do you think of the saying, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God?" William Carey first said those words more than two centuries ago and then he put them into action.
Carey lived in an era in which no one had attempted to reach the whole world for Christ since the first century. His God-given dream was to see the church send missionaries in every direction around the globe. After 17 centuries of spiritual inertia, could one man, whose formal education ended at age 12, make a difference? He could if he "expected great things from God", and "attempted great things for Him."
As Carey began to meet with pastors urging them to consider sending missionaries, his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. One elderly pastor impatiently told Carey that when God wanted to reach the nations, He would do it without consulting Carey or the pastor!
Undeterred, Carey continued looking for like-minded believers. In no time he was sent to India. Sometimes he had to fight the Indian caste system; sometimes the British government. In 1812, his printing plant burned to the ground, along with years of translation work. Carey's wife and two of his children tragically died on the mission field.
Expecting great things from God does not mean everything will be easy and pain free. Attempting great things for God does not mean it will work out the way we plan. Carey knew that, and despite the great personal costs, he never gave up. He believed in a great God and left the results to Him.
The legacy of William Carey is testament to his great God. His organization translated the Bible into 34 Asian languages, founded a college, began countless churches and mission stations, started 100 schools, many newspapers, and succeeded in tremendous social reform.
To the surprise of many, William Carey single-handedly launched a movement of world evangelism that continues today. What about you? Are you expecting great things from God? Are you attempting great things for God?
Your View of God Really Matters…
What does William Carey’s life reveal about his view of God? What does your life, thus far, reveal about how you see God? Do you believe God for great things? Do you believe He is powerful enough to do great things in you and through you? Ask Him to help you believe Him for great things and empower you to do great things according to His will.
Read God’s Word Today…
Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:13-14 NLT
GOD, because You are all-Powerful, I know You can help me with anything.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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