“When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.” Psalm 91:15
When World War II erupted and the missionaries in the southwest mountains of Ethiopia were forced to leave behind the church of only 48 believers. Incredibly, during five years of foreign occupation the Ethiopian church grew to 10,000! A story of the Wallamo people helps us understand why.
In spite of horrible persecution, the Christians among the Wallamo people continued to proclaim God's message, and their congregation grew to more than a thousand.
The government forced them to tear down their precious church building, which they had built with much sacrifice. Later, they dared to rebuild it. As punishment, several of the church leaders were taken to the marketplace, stripped, beaten and thrown into jail.
One day, while the imprisoned followers of Jesus were praying and singing together, a terrible thunderstorm came up. Powerful wind gusts ripped the roof off the jailhouse. Rain poured down on the exposed mud walls causing them to crumble. The prisoners were free!
Many of the non-Christian prisoners fled. The terrified jailers were convinced the storm was God's intervention on behalf of the Christian prisoners. They pleaded with the believers to pray that God would withhold His anger. When the storm subsided they released the Christians.
God also used a storm to set His followers free two thousand years ago in Philippi (Acts 16:11-40). Of course, not every person imprisoned for his faith is miraculously freed, but the story of the Wallmo shows that God is still at work. He never changes! You can count on Him!
Your View of God Really Matters …
Are you facing a situation from which there seems no human way out? Call upon the God who never changes. He is just as capable of helping you today as He was with the imprisoned Wallmo and with Paul and Silas 2,000 years ago.
Read God’s Word Today…
Acts 16:26 “Suddenly there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundation. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!”
Acts 16:11-40 is the story of Paul and Silas in prison. Read the full story in your Bible! It’s a great encouragement.
GOD, because You never change I can count on you yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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