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Monday, May 2, 2011

"When All Means Fail"

Tears drip.  I could hardly believe the words staring at me from the screen.  They rang out loudly like a bell, a declaration from beyond the grave.  Only they were written this side of death.  Barely.  A timely word to the despairing heart.  David Wilkerson, an evangalical who started Teen Challenge and Times Square Church in NYC, penned words in his blog Wednesday morning that pierce the soul and rend the thin shroud covering our questions.  A few hours later he was killed instantly in a tragic car accident.  I do not know if what he says about God's timing in death is true for Makiah.  Did the enemy steal her from us early or did she fulfill all the days written for her?  God foreknew but that doesn't necessitate predestination, right?... God's sovereignty versus free will... who knows.  It's the age old chicken and the egg argument.  I will never understand the WHY until  there is no breath in me.  But that is hardly the point of his words.  It's almost as if he knew that Death had come to take his dance... that he would cut in surprisingly, in the middle of a song... 


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To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.

That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”  Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.

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