Today our country celebrates Memorial Day across the United States. It is the day on which we remember the men and women who have given their lives—sacrificing themselves in service for this country.
These men and women gave the greatest gift of love to mankind that it is possible to give. Jesus said, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). I express my deepest appreciation for each and every one of their lives, and we pray for their families.
Lord, we pray today for those who have lost loved ones in service to our country. We pray the prayer of faith and apply the Balm of Gilead to their minds and their spirits. Lord, we ask You to heal their hearts and their emotions, and we extend to them Your spirit of peace. You said in Psalm 107:20 that You sent Your Word and healed us and delivered us from every destruction. We send these precious families the healing Word of God today.
Father, we know there are forces of the ungodly who have staked their lives on destroying what this country stands for. We thank you for the men and women who have given their lives to raise up a standard against those forces. We remember their sacrifice and what they have done to protect and preserve America.
There comes a time in your Christian life when you know God has called you to do something for Him. But between the time He calls you and the time for you to launch out into the deep and actually do it, there are often times of preparation. He uses that time to equip you for what He has in mind. (See Luke 5:4,5.)
A minister friend once said to me, “Isn’t it amazing that when God calls you to do something, He always seems to ask you to do something you’ve never done and don’t know how to do? God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called!”
If the Lord has called you to do something and it hasn’t come to pass as quickly as you think it should, remember that He is probably taking that time to equip you. There are sometimes years of preparation, so don’t be discouraged.
For example, twelve years elapsed between the night God spoke to Oral and told him he was to have a healing ministry and someday build Him a university and the time he actually launched out to follow God’s call. Oral always called those years ‘dead years,’ but I used to say, “No, Oral, the Lord was preparing us for what He had in mind. Just remember how many souls you won to Jesus in those years when we pastored churches and traveled in ministry.” After twelve years of being faithful, God’s time came for us to launch out into the deep in faith.
Don’t ever be discouraged in being faithful to do what God has called you to do—even during those long periods of preparation. When He is through equipping you for His work, you will be ready to launch out!