Updated: Apr 13, 2019
~A beautiful story from a past USC graduate student who went on to Dallas, Texas:
I still remember last time I was standing here sharing a testimony of peace. I quoted the Psalm 23 verse 4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Now when I see this scripture again, I am pretty sure that Lord is leading me in this way. I’m not alone. His rod and his staff, they comfort me.
Whenever I felt frustrated and tired, he is always there.
Hearing my prayer and comforting me. He is our comforter and shield. I’m so grateful that God brings me to here. Although, I have gone astray. He still waited and led me back. What a kind, gracious, merciful Father! The more I understand how sinful I am, the more I am thankful for this precious salvation. I cannot stand in the same position and just receive what God gives me.
My decision about going to Dallas is just a response from God’s goodness and faithfulness. He is love. And he is perfection. That’s why I trust him of all my heart. I know there will be a lot of trials and tests. But I know he is in control. He will not let the evil one hurt me. In Matthew 7:11 “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
When I shared with my mom that I’m going to Dallas, she was so worried about everything. She wanted to offer me a car to commute from office to home. I can feel how much she loves me by that. But why am I always questioning about our heavenly Father’s love? Just as what the scripture said, how much more will our Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Is his love not more than my mom? Of course not! So why I cannot trust him with my all. My future, my life, my spouse, where I live, where I go. He is the only reliable one in this world. I always sing that “You are my strength when I am weak. You are the treasure that I seek. You are my all in all.” Did I really see our Father our all in all? I decided to go to Dallas to do the ministry with Andrew is not because I’m qualified or I’m better than anyone of you. It is all because of God’s goodness and holiness. I can see how beautiful it is if I can abide in him and have a very close relationship with him. That’s what I am seeking for. And God let me see that Dallas is a good way to strengthen my faith.
In George Muller’s teaching of Strengthening Faith, he said “If we indeed, desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through the trial, be strengthened. The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service for the Lord, my business, etc., the more shall I have the opportunity of seeing God’s help and deliverance—and every fresh instance, in which He helps and delivers me, will tend towards the increase of my faith.” I’m looking forward to facing the trials and seeing how God will help and deliver me. Cause I know from 1 Peter 1 Verse 6-7 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” All is for his glory and beautiful name.
Finally, I want to express my huge appreciation to our church for USC ministry, for CG, for gospel foundation class. CEFC and AGF are my sweet cradle. God blesses me so much through you. And now it’s time for me to bless others and make disciples for our Lord. Please pray for our ministry to unite and share the truth and make disciples for God’s kingdom effectively and faithfully. May God bless our church and our ministries.