Wednesday, October 19, 2011

‘…who turns the rock onto a pool of water…’ Psalm 114:8

It was just over a year ago that I was at this same YWAM training campus on the South Korean Island of Jeju.  Then I was teaching Romans to an eager class of about 60 students and at the same time praying much whether I should take the family back to Kona, Hawaii, for a second time.  The financial barrier seemed insurmountable as we had no recourse to make this happen, and I was wrestling in prayer to know if it was the right thing to do.  At that time I was meditating on Psalm 114, and it was verse 8 that challenged me where it speaks about God bring water from a rock.  Jeju is a volcanic Island with no shortage of rocks!  I would look at such a rock and wonder how water, or in my case provision, could ever come from such an entity.  But  according to this psalm it is God who brings such miraculous provision from such an unlikely place.

Jon Ho, my translator

I am back on this island of Jeju again for this week and next, teaching on a brand new (for this campus) Bible Core Course (BCC).  I was co-leading the bi-lingual English/Korean BCC last April at The King’s Lodge where the staff and leader for this school running here now were trained.  This very helpful Bible training programme is training 40 students and additional staff so that it can be multiplied throughout this nation and beyond.  It is a joy to be teaching the significant and foundational books of Deuteronomy and Kings for this multiplication venture.

As I went for a walk this afternoon and saw those same rocks, I was reminded of the gracious, faithful provision of God.  As you will be aware we as a family did to back to Hawaii for those four months, and looking back I can see how God did indeed turn flint (Ps 114:7) into a pool of water with his gracious provision.  But more than that, it prove to be one of the most significant four months in my ministry so far in relationship to the on-line courses I am developing. 

Surely we should ‘Tremble…at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob’ (Ps. 114:7).

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