"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
As we listened to the Cuban pastor share about the challenges he faced as a Christian, I was emotionally moved. The HAVEN Today team heard many similar stories when we visited the Caribbean island last June. When Cuba embraced communism in the 1960s, it also demanded that its citizens become atheists. Many Christians refused and consequently suffered great persecution.
But no matter how anti-God a government becomes, it can never wipe out Christ’s kingdom. Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church (see Matthew 16:18).
We met some of the faithful remnant that God preserved in Cuba. Many of them resonated with the story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph was falsely accused and sent to jail for 16 years in Egypt when God moved to raise him to second in command. His words to his brothers – that what they meant for evil, God meant for good – have heartened those Cuban Christians.
Wonderfully, Christ’s kingdom is now rapidly growing on their island. Glory to God alone!
Many of us are blessed with religious freedom. Have you taken advantage of it? Read your Bible and tell someone about Jesus!
Bible In A Year
- Genesis 43-44
- Psalm 22
- Mark 2