Our Lord said, I am the Truth, and again He said, The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Truth therefore is not hard to find for the very reason that it is seeking us. Truth is not a thing for which we must search, but a Person to whom we must hearken. This is taught or taken for granted in the record of Gods dealings with men throughout the Sacred Scriptures. After the sin in Eden it was not Adam who cried O God, where art Thou? but God who cried Where art thou? as He sought for Adam among the trees of the Garden. Abraham heard God speak and responded, but it was God who was the aggressor. God appeared unto Jacob before Jacob came to appear before God. And in the burning bush God revealed Himself to Moses. Again and again did God take the initiative. He sought for Gideon and found him on the threshing floor of Ophrah. He showed Himself to Isaiah when there is no evidence that Isaiah was seeking Him. Before Jeremiah was born God laid His hand upon him, and He opened heaven to let the discouraged priest Ezekiel see a vision and hear a voice. Amos said he was not a prophet neither a prophets son, but the Lord took him as he followed the flock. Again God was the aggressor. In the New Testament things are not otherwise. True, multitudes came to Christ for physical help, but only rarely did one seek Him out to learn the truth; and even that rare one usually turned away when the truth was told him. The whole picture in the Gospels is one of a seeking Savior, not one of seeking men. The truth was hunting for those who would receive it, and relatively few did. Many are called, but few are chosen.
American Minute with Bill Federer
The groans of a dying man kept him awake in the little inn outside New York.
He was hardened to the cries because a college friend at Brown University, named Jacob Eames, had persuaded him to become an atheist.
The next morning, when inquiring of the innkeeper, he learned the man who had died in the night was none other than Jacob Eames, his college friend.
This rude awakening led him to become America’s first foreign missionary to Burma.
His name was Adoniram Judson, born in Massachusetts, August 9, 1788.
They translated Scriptures, preached in Burmese, and started schools.
Enduring hardships, Adoniram was imprisoned during the Anglo-Burmese War.
He later gained respect from the Burmese and British officials, as he had translated a English-Burmese Dictionary and the Bible.
Adoniram Judson suffered depression when his wife died. He was joined by missionaries George Boardman and his wife
The first Christian convert from the Karen people was Ko Tha Byu. The Karen people were a hunted minority scattered in the jungles.
Astonishingly, their ancient Karen beliefs were in an all-powerful Creator of heaven and earth, a man, a woman formed from a rib taken from the man, temptation by a devil, their fall, and the promise that some day a messiah would come to their rescue. They lived in expectation of a prophecy that white foreigners would bring them a sacred parchment roll.
By Judson’s death, there were 63 churches, 123 ministers and over 7,000 baptized Christians in Burma.
“How do Christians discharge this trust committed to them?
They let three fourths of the world sleep the sleep of death, ignorant of the simple truth that a Savior died for them.”
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