Articles by Dr. David Jeremiah
When companies decide where to market their products, they want to get “the most bang for their buck.” Right now that means China: 1.40 billion people with rising levels of discretionary income. It simply wouldn’t make sense for tech companies to market their products to a tiny ethnic group in the Ecuadorian jungle. “Why bother?” such companies might say. It’s a good thing the Kingdom of God is not a company who bases the spreading of the Gospel on a cost analysis. No life in the Kingdom of God is measured by one value: Everything done in the name of Christ has eternal value. The late founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Bill Bright, used to define witnessing this way: “Witnessing is sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and leaving the results to God.” I’d like to adjust his words slightly: “The Christian life is following Christ obediently, in the power of the Holy Spirit, leaving the results to God.”
Billionaire Steve Wynn wanted a one-of-a-kind cirque for his signature resort, Wynn Las Vegas. He worked with architects to design an aqua auditorium with encircling seats. For a hefty price, guests could watch aerial wizardry, synchronized swimming, dizzying choreography, mind-bending gymnastics, and dramatic plunges into the perilous pool. The show, Le Rêve, opened in 2005, but was discontinued in 2020. Like a cirque performer, sometimes we find ourselves at the center of unwanted stress. Life can be frightening and sometimes terrifying. We feel alone, yet like a spectacle. People are watching in perplexity, wondering how far we’ll fall. Biblical heroes felt that way too. The apostle Paul said, “God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as… a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men” (1 Corinthians 4:9). And the writer to the Hebrews said, “You were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations” (Hebrews 10:33). Feelings of fear overcome us all, and as Christians we know we’re not immune to adversity. But I can tell you from Scripture and personal experience that the Lord will never drop us.
Recently, I was reminded of the man who asked his pastor to pray for him. “Pastor,” said the man in a loud tone, “I’d like you to pray for my hearing.” “Are you having trouble with your hearing?” shouted the preacher. “Yes. Would you pray for my hearing?” The pastor put his arm over the man’s shoulder and prayed eloquently for the man’s hearing. Finishing his prayer, the pastor asked him loudly, “How’s your hearing now?” “I don’t know,” replied the man. “It’s not until next week.” Laughing—whether it’s from silly jokes or the enjoyment of life—can spread encouragement. All it takes are two assets: the glow of gladness and the lift of laughter.
For CNN reporter Sandra Endos, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan struck too close to home. Her then ninety-year-old grandmother lived in Fukushima City, one of the hardest hit areas. “We spent restless days and worrisome nights wondering how she was doing,” Endos reported. When she finally received a text message, reporting that everyone in her family was accounted for, it was the most encouraging text in the world to Endos.  Sandra Endos, “Reporter’s family in Fukushima taking nuclear concerns in stride,” CNN, March 16, 2011, http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/16/reporters-family-in-fukushima-taking-nuclear-concerns-in-stride/.
From our perspective, we can’t help wondering why so many people become spellbound by pomp and power. Yet somewhere within each of us there’s a yearning to be close to a king. Our security rests in knowing there is a Sovereign somewhere with power and wealth who can care for us, keep us safe, and guarantee us a wonderful future. We have a King who graciously invites us into His presence at any time through the miracle-medium of prayer. When we accept this invitation, we discover four wonderful layers of blessing.
Many companies rely on inspirational conferences to rekindle enthusiasm, enhance attitudes, and restore focus to employees. Motivational speakers and company conferences have their place, but human advice only goes so far. To really find spiritual focus, sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus. Nothing equals the motivation He gives for victorious living, and no one can equal His insight. Best of all, we don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars to hear Him. We can arrange a personal meeting every day.