A wonderful father in his early 40s shared the story of his life. He was a busy, hard- working, sincere man. He served in a corporate firm. There was an official requirement for him to work the next day so he stayed at a motel that night. This was far away from his home. After he rented a motel room, he went in and he found three pictures on the wall which disturbed him. So he covered those wall hangings with a bed cover. Temporarily, this was the solution.
He was about to hit the bed to peacefully retire and rest up his legs. Then, there was a knock on the door which seemed like room service. As he opened the door, he found 2 men standing at the door with aggressive behaviour. Irrelevant of the situation, suddenly they pointed at the pictures covered with bed cover, kept using inappropriate language and threatened him. They had sharp knives and imposed threat on him. But this father kept quiet. These men abruptly left with these words “Because of your God, you are safe today”. Yes, it’s true. This father believes in Lord Jesus Christ whom God raised from the dead.
Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death. Psalm 68:20
God Most High is great and awesome. He saves, protects and escape from death comes from him.
One day a tired-looking father said to me that he was really worried about his finances, trying to make both ends meet each month. Same story, every month showed signs of toil and burden on him. This young father have always been God-fearing and honored God first. He was reluctant to open his heart to anyone he knew. He never revealed anything and kept everything to himself. No one could ever imagine his situations and struggle for his family.
As usual, he went to church for Family prayer where the Lord speaks and reveals through His word. His words were..
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
These words were speaking to him, kept working in him immediately. He understood this answer was from God. He believed that God can do all things and His purpose cannot be opposed or stopped from happening. He is the great and mighty God. He will fulfill His purpose for him. He left the church with peace and quietness, full of hope. He prayed that this word come true in his life at this point of his need.
Although this father came to a stand-still point with no help or support for this month’s expenses, he put his trust on the words of God. Because God is firm in his purpose and “what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. ” In a matter of 5 days, God opened the doors to opportunity to bless him abundantly, more than he expected. This estimated income was more than he could imagine. He was full of joy and praise for God. He trusted in God and God blessed him.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3. Call on God, he will speak to you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Don’t give up.
In the year 1985, we were living in our hometown. We led a simple, relaxed life of contentment and comfort. We lived liked we had no worries in the world. Our home itself was a different world. Once the door was shut, no matter what happened in the world would never bother us. There were absolute peace and harmony in the family until one day when a far relative turned witch intervened us. She would give us something to eat, something to play with to bring us close to her. My father being a kind gentleman appreciated her offer and also allowed her to stay with us every now and then.
No one realized the cunning, craftiness and hidden wrong motives of the so-called dear relative. Her witchcraft took effect. Days passed by, my father consequently became ill, tired and fearful. My mother had been exhausted with her hard work to keep up mothering, home chores and coping up with illness. My father faced the biggest fear, the fear of death. Many times, he would panic, speak about the end of his life and his struggle was never-ending. He would often find easy things hard to believe and try very hard to balance work, family, and fears. His hope of living and seeing good days was diminishing day by day. As usual, on a Sunday morning, we got up to go to church. There, my parents listened to the good news of Jesus Christ. They came to know that Jesus won over death and powers of the evil. And anyone who believes in Jesus Christ shall be saved. This truth transformed my dad’s heart and mind.
He put his belief in Jesus. He
gained confidence. He found strength in God. He put his hope in God. He trusted
in his word. There was more life in dad than before. Our home became peaceful
and tranquil with assurance of God’s presence in the midst of us. He loved and
praised God because he delivered him from the fear of death. He is now a grateful
man in his 60s.