Nashville, TN -- Popular women’s Bible conference speaker and author Priscilla Shirer told hundreds of Christian media and ministry professionals on Monday to never feel that God has abandoned them.
At the opening session of the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention, Shirer, the daughter of Drs. Tony and Lois Evans, recalled the many times she attended NRB meetings with her parents. Dr. Tony Evans is Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas and Dr. Lois Evans is Senior Vice President of The Urban Alternative.
She said “much of what shaped and informed her ministry today” can be traced to the time she spent listening to speakers at NRB's annual convention, noting the influence of Anne Graham Lotz and Kay Arthur on her life.
The wonder of a watching God
In speaking to those gathered for the opening of the four-day NRB convention, Shirer shared how she would take her sons fishing at a creek and pond near to where they live. Shirer and her husband, Jerry, are the parents of three boys.
While the fishing spot was good for a quick catch, sometimes the fishing was not successful, and her sons would quickly lose interest.
Recently, one of her sons told her, “Fishing isn’t supposed to be that hard.”
Building off her story, Shirer said she was certain there were some in the audience who were experiencing a similar feeling in their lives in their “fishing expeditions,” noting even when God calls believers to a task it is not uncommon to experience discouragement and disappointment.
Turning to the Bible, Shirer said in Luke 5 there is a story of a man who knew what it felt like to fish and fish and catch nothing.
Simon Peter had fished all night and was surely discouraged as he came ashore, Shirer said.
Meeting Peter, Jesus saw a man who had a bad night of fishing, she added.
“This is the good news. We serve a God who sees you. Nothing that happens in our life has escaped his attention,” Shirer continued. “He is controlling the throes of the universe but in the midst of that His eyes are on you.”
Shirer urged convention attendees not to doubt that that God cares for His children’s plights — no matter how desperate.
“If anyone is discouraged, never feel unnoticed because we worship a God who sees,” she said, noting that in climbing into Simon’s boat Jesus gets into the place Simon just left.
“Not only does He see us, He will use the part of our life that you think is useless,” Shirer explained. “If you have emptiness in your life, see it as a place where Jesus can step in,” she continued.
Shirer is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller A Jewel in His Crown, Discerning the Voice of God. Her latest Bible study, The Armor of God, will release this August.
By Dwayne Hastings
Published: February 25, 2015