Pastor Ann Chan of Covenant Evangelical Free Church Singapore was one of the speakers during the Global Discipleship Congress 2013 held at the CCF (Christ’s Commission Fellowship) Main Center from May 22-25. She was gracious to accept an interview. Here, she gives encouragement to the weary wife deserted by her husband but it can apply to other kinds of trials as well.
Pastor Ann Chan: The times that you and I live in, we know there are bad things happening to us. Sometimes, we can not understand why God allows these things but we know that whatever we go through, it has passed through the will of God for our faith and development. When we go through something like this whether it is a difficult life, the wounds of betrayal, loss of faith, God doesn’t want us to waste our pain.
We begin to realize that sometimes when we go through a “fire experience”, God actually wants to deepen our lives so that we will know that security doesn’t come from man. Security actually comes from God. All these years it wasn’t man looking after us; it was God. Somehow when man (or woman) is removed from our lives, we begin to realize that we are not dependent on the circumstances of people. This is a perfect chance for us to depend on God. God alone.
I really think that these journeys are the journeys of faith. We begin to say, “Yeah, I will want to walk with God regardless.”
#1: Pray. Pray that God will give you open doors.
#2: Forgive. We are forgiven. We realize that this world is full of hate and evil and pain. When we begin to forgive, we allow God to forgive through us. We allow the grace of God to visit us and we are a custodian of what we receive: grace, forgiveness, love.
I know it’s easier said than done. So that’s why the journey of discipleship is this. Discipleship means that we take whatever good and evil from the Lord’s hand. Behind all this unfaithfulness of man is always the faithfulness of God.
When we choose to do what is good and righteous, God will reward us, each one according to our faith. God’s blessing on you!
1Pet 4:12 CJB Dear friends, don’t regard as strange the fiery ordeal occurring among you to test you, as if something extraordinary were happening to you. 13 Rather, to the extent that you share the fellowship of the Messiah’s sufferings, rejoice; so that you will rejoice even more when his Sh’khinah is revealed. 14 If you are being insulted because you bear the name of the Messiah, how blessed you are! For the Spirit of the Sh’khinah, that is, the Spirit of God, is resting on you! 15 Let none of you suffer for being a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or a meddler in other people’s affairs. 16 But if anyone suffers for being Messianic, let him not be ashamed; but let him bring glory to God by the way he bears this name. 17 For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It begins with the household of God; and if it starts with us, what will the outcome be for those who are disobeying God’s Good News? —
18 “If the righteous is barely delivered,
where will the ungodly and sinful end up?”[b]
19 So let those who are suffering according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator by continuing to do what is good.