I just returned from Indonesia, the most populated Muslim nation on earth. Currently 200 million Muslims live in this nation. But here is the good news! Every 15 seconds a Muslim becomes a follower of Jesus in Indonesia! Last year, 2 million Muslims received Jesus Christ as Lord in this nation! God is mightily at work, one person at a time. I was told that if this pattern continues, by 2035 Indonesia would no longer have a Muslim majority.
This past Sunday, the pastor of the church I spoke at in Jakarta, the capital city, told me a Muslim woman just showed up in front of their church building, not knowing what to do. After a few people from the church welcomed her she told them a kind man approached her and told her to come here. She walked into the building and saw a picture of Jesus on the wall. “Who is that man,” she asked. When she was told his name is Jesus, she replied, “That is the man who told me to come here.” She received Christ and was baptized. These kinds of stories are told again and again in this nation. God is on the move.
The Scriptures speak of a rock that will become a huge mountain and fill the whole earth (Daniel 2:35)! Daniel the prophet saw the days we are living in, a season of time when the Kingdom of our God is filling the whole earth.
So do not be alarmed by the news reports you hear. These events and conflicts are just a sign of the times we live in. There is also good news happening, behind the scenes, where our God is working, person by person in the nations. His Kingdom will fill the whole earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14)! Be encouraged today.