How do you respond to deep distress?

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

“But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and cried out humbly to the God of his ancestors.”

2 Chronicles 33:12 NLT

Into the heart of Africa

“Peter Cameron Scott was born in Glasgow in 1867 and became the founder of the Africa Inland Mission. But his beginnings in Africa were anything but auspicious. His first trip to Africa ended in a severe attack of malaria that sent him home. He resolved to return after recuperation.

His return was especially gratifying to Scott, because this time his brother John joined him. But before long John was struck down by fever. All alone, Peter buried his brother, and in the agony of those days recommitted himself to preaching the gospel in Africa. Yet again his health gave way and he had to return to England.

How would he ever pull out of the desolation and depression of those days? He had pledged himself to God. But where could he find the strength to go back again to Africa? With man it was impossible!

He found the strength in Westminster Abbey. David Livingstone’s tomb is there. Scott enterer quietly, found the tomb, and knelt in front of it to pray. The inscription read,


He arose from his knees with a new hope. He returned to Africa. and the mission he founded is a vibrant, growing force for the gospel today in Africa.”
From John Piper, Desiring God (Multnomah) quoted in 1001 Great Stories and Quotes by R. Kent Hughes (Tyndale) p 310

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