Hope for Difficult Days

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


Hindsight reveals the faithfulness of God

In the summer of 2019, my friend Malachi called me on the phone while he was on a family vacation and shared with me a vision God had spoken to his heart. He shared, “I feel like we are supposed to call 1 Million young people to fast and pray as we enter into the Roaring Twenties.” The term Roaring Twenties, of course, is a throwback to the 1920s, but we had this sense that God would make it a different type of “Roaring Twenties” where He would roar His glory and send a powerful move of God on the earth. By God’s grace, tens of thousands of people fasted and prayed with us. Because the response and community were so wonderful, we plan to continue to call people to fast and pray throughout this decade. 

Little did we know that in 2020 a global pandemic would shut down the nations of the world, and the global economies, swirling us into uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Nor did we know of the racial tensions that would burst into protests and riots in many cities across the nation.

Often we can’t see what God is doing in the moment, but in hindsight, we look back and see the faithfulness of God. The events of our world are not a surprise to God. God is all-knowing, always Sovereign, and He will always be faithful. We were blown away by the response to the call to fast and pray. I believe God was giving so many people “hunger” to fast and pray at the beginning of this new decade, not only because He knew this pandemic and racial unrest was coming, but also because of how He wants to move beyond this time. 

I have such a sense in my spirit that God is about to move in unprecedented ways in the Roaring Twenties. Good things are coming. God is going to move in His faithfulness and mercy.