God Is Still at Work

By David and Christine Manfred, serving in Cambodia (on home assignment)

In the somewhat obscure Old Testament Book of Habakkuk, we see one of the most beautiful descriptions of faith recorded in Scripture: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are not grapes on the vines, though the olive tree fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will be joyful in God my Savior” (3:17-18).

Even when we don’t see it or feel it, God is still at work and is worthy of our praise. In fact, it is precisely when we don’t see—yet believe—that we have demonstrated true faith in its purest form. Hebrews reminds us that faith is the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, emphasis added).

A Quiet Miracle

As we have spoken this year to many people in the United States about Cambodia, we have been reminded that God was at work in that land in countless ways. The land infamous for the Killing Fields continues to experience a rich harvest as the number of Christians in the country has increased a hundredfold over the past 30 years. 

From the perspective of time, we can now see that God was powerfully at work in Cambodia, even when it seemed like He was nowhere to be seen.

The same is true for us today as well. God is at work even when we don’t see it. Some may call this blind faith, and indeed it would be—except for the historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection. That Easter message means that even in the midst of deepest darkness and loss, we are assured that light and life will come.

The Call of God

Even when it seems there is no plan or there is a bad plan . . . God is still at work. His call to us is to trust. Trust like a child. For those whose faith is in Christ, no matter how bad the storm, the message of the Resurrection is that we will be okay . . . indeed, far better than just okay. 

Such is our hope . . . and such is the hope that is drawing many Cambodians to Jesus and transforming them through faith in Him.

Learn More

Check out our work in Cambodia.

For more about Alliance ministry in Cambodia, watch the inspiring video “Against All Odds” [duration, 2:31].

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