Archive for November 25, 2012

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you…”  (2 Cor. 20:12)

King Jehoshaphat gave them a formula for deliverance: “Get your eyes off the problem!”  Your focus must be on God!

As an adult, living in Oklahoma during tough times has also strengthened my faith in God.  In the mid-1980’s, I watched so many banks fail; in fact, the FDIC closed so many banks in my hometown of Oklahoma City that I wore a T-shirt that said, “I bank with FDIC!” Agriculture diminished, and oil rigs stopped pumping.  But even in the most difficult situations, a simple faith in God and a calm reassurance in the face of insurmountable obstacles resulted in victory.

I will always remember sitting at a table in the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel Restaurant on Northwest Expressway and listening to my friend, Melvin Hatley, founder of USA Waste Management Company, talk about the collapse of the oil industry and the failure of old First National Bank downtown.  Tears flowed freely, and yet his faith took hold as he discussed God’s history of faithfulness. His calm assurance, founded and grounded in a dynamic faith and a willingness to start over, made all the difference in his financial recovery.  Today, Melvin is a testimony of the phrase, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do!”

On December 17, 19003, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history.   They defied the law of gravity and flew through the air.  Many forget that the concept of flying was not new with the Wright bothers.  In fact, several years before the brothers flew their motorized plane at Kitty Hawk, scientists had discovered that flying was possible.  While others remained skeptical, the Wright brothers believed the formulas and designed their own plane.  When they achieved “first flight, “they demonstrated the importance of trusting the facts and taking action in order to experience results.

The same is true for the Christian.  We can know a lot about God and the Bible, but until we relax in faith and believe in the promises of God, we will be disappointed.

I love the story that my professor, Dr. Amos Henry, used to tell about D.L. Moody.  Apparently, Moody was on a ship that was crossing the Atlantic Ocean one night when it caught on fire and they formed a bucket brigade to pass ocean water to the scene of the fire.  One man in the line turned and said, “Mr. Moody, don’t you think we should retire from the line and go down and pray?”

“You can go pray if you want to, “Moody replied, “but I’m going to pray while I pass the buckets.” What great insight! God wants to see if you mean business, so pray while you work!

[Source: God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me To Death A Few Times, Stan Toler]

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