Nannygranne breathed a prayer of thanks when all of last week’s students returned this morning. She’d prayed each would return because last week’s question was so vital for these young people to understand. Their trust in God could depend on their finding an answer. In the coming years, their beliefs about God would be ridiculed and dismissed as superstition. They needed to know there were answers.
After welcomes, news, and praying for God’s wisdom and guidance, Nannygranne opened the class with, “Okay. Where were we last week?”
“We want to know if Jungle Natives don’t hear about Jesus, will they be lost,” Danny spoke up this time. These kids had been thinking and talking about this.
“Excellent, Danny. Who can tell me the three things we took home with us to remember from last week?”
“God loves them.”
“Jesus died for them.”
“And God will make a way!” interjected one boy who seldom spoke.
Nannygranne’s heart went out to them all. God was answering her prayers. “That’s right, Jamie. God will indeed make a way. That’s what I want to talk to you about today. God’s book for us is filled with story after story of God making a way for people to learn about Him and come to Him. Before I tell you, can any of you guess what some of those stories are?”
“When God was in a burning bush to get Moses’ attention,” said one.1
“When God talked to Abraham and told him to move away from home,” offered another.2
“When God told Noah to build an ark? That saved him,” argued another.3
When there were no other ideas, Nannygranne asked them all to turn to Acts 9. “Everybody look at Acts 9 and tell me who God called that day.”
Jamie slowly raised his hand, “Saul?”
“Very good, Jamie. Did you know that this guy’s name was changed after this because he was a changed man? He changed from being a Christian killer to being the Apostle Paul.”4
“Whoa! That’s who this is?” Jamie was captivated.
“Alright, class. Look at the 10th chapter. Who does God call this time?”
Again there was silence, but eventually, Libby answered. “Cornelius?”
“Right again. Cornelius was the first non-Jew to be baptized. He believed in God, but he didn’t know about Jesus. God made a way, didn’t He.”
“Does God still do that today,” Libby asked.
“Well, Libby, only God knows for sure, but there are people who think Someone from God told them to look for Jesus. All these then came to know Jesus by studying the Bible. They then decide whether or not to obey Him. Those stories are rare and sometimes are told by people who had never met a Christian or seen a Bible before this happened.5 Then there are the people do the dangerous job of giving Bibles to people in dangerous countries, and they learn of Jesus through reading His word. It seems that in various ways, God makes a way.”
Before Nannygranne continued, she wanted to know what her students were thinking. “After all of this, what are your thoughts now about the Jungle Natives?”
Her students looked at each other. Libby spoke up. “Well, it still makes me sad that some will never hear about Jesus and be saved.”
Nannygranne moved closer to Libby. “Libby, you are wise and loving. Those are qualities God wants in His girls.”
Loking at the rest of the class, Nannygranne said, “It looks like the question we haven’t yet answered is whether God is fair. Is that what you want to know?”
Libby looked at her teacher with a somber expression. “Nannygranne, I just think it’s too sad. They don’t have a chance.”
“Libby, I’d like to show the class some of the hints God has given us about this very thing. We know God must be loving and fair. We also know He demands justice but is merciful. Can we talk about that next week? Will all of you try to come back so we can get to the bottom of this?”
The class nodded, eager for their next meeting.
“I think this is something that needs our prayers. Jamie, would you ask God to give us wisdom and knowledge and the answer to our question?”
Each head in the class somberly bowed as Jamie prayed for God’s guidance.
Nannygranne would be praying even more.
1 Burning Bush – Exodus 3
2The calling of Abraham – Genesis 12
3 The calling of Noah – Genesis 6
4 Saul becomes Paul – Acts 13:9
5 Muslim becomes a Christian https://youtu.be/Ry8K4sK3uDc
Hindu finds Christhttps://youtu.be/lDSOnaMeG70
Mormon learns the truth from Bible https://youtu.be/UcBSXWSagIQ