Today’s reading: EXODUS 7:14-9:35
There are times in our life when the task set before us seems impossible, or at the least too difficult to accomplish. During those times it is very easy to become overwhelmed and quit.
Hudson Taylor was a man who had a burden for the inland provinces of China. He wanted to bring the good news of salvation through Christ to the peoples there. In June 1865 he, along with William Thomas Berger began a mission society dedicated to working with the Chinese people. in the inlands of China.
For the next 51 years, until his death, he dedicated his life to this cause. Along the way there were many impossible tasks to overcome. The struggles against doubters, disease, death, depression and even war confronted him as he began the work. There were many times when the work seemed impossible. How were they to reach 100’s of millions of Chinese people who live deep in the hard to reach areas of China? They were only two men in the beginning with 100’s of millions to reach.
“There are three stages in any great work attempted for God: impossible, difficult, done.” J. Hudson Taylor
As we read about Moses and Aaron and their conversations with the Pharaoh of Egypt, I am sure that Moses and Aaron thought that they had encountered an impossible task. How in the world were they going to convince a ruler to let his entire work force of several hundred thousand people simply stand up and walk out of the country – it was impossible.
Yesterday we read how Moses first attempt at talking to Pharaoh resulted in more work and hardship for the Israelites. Today we read how the first miracles that Moses and Aaron performed were met with equal miracles from the magicians of Pharaoh. Things were difficult if not impossible.
Hudson Taylor did succeed in China. Through his joint efforts the China Inland Missions organization was founded. Over the years over 800 missionaries were sent to China. There they began over 125 schools and ultimately began a great missionary movement that spread to many countries around the world. Today the China Inland Missions organization is called Overseas Missionary Fellowship and has missionaries in 12 countries across Asia. I am privileged today to know some OMF missionaries.
Hudson Taylor, just like Moses, encountered difficult or impossible challenges and trials, but ultimately, when they sought God’s involvement the task was taken care of – it was done!
In tomorrow’s reading in Exodus chapters 10, 11 and 12 we will see how God turned this impossible task into a done task.
Check out this brief video of the history of OMF…
See how God has been at work through OMF/CIM since 1865.
Philippians 4:13 NIV
I can do everything through him who gives me strength!