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Friday, September 22, 2006

GOSPEL ? - Game on.

I was soo blessed and encouraged today as I got to share the gospel with a client who is going through a really really rough time. He is a very kind and humble man, who loves his wife and children very much. His wife is in the hospital and just delivered their premature baby daughter, who weighed in just under 3lbs. She is doing well, by God's amazing grace........but her parents are going through a rollercoaster of emotions. Just last year, they buried their 8 day old baby daughter.......(circumstances were very similar to the recent premie's)

The Lord was so kind to open a door for conversations with them and to allow me to feel deeply what they're feeling. Then, God was able to lovingly share the truths of His in His providing a way for us to be with Him, in Christ Jesus alone. The law was not necessary in this case, because the Lord had broken his heart and he was very contrite before we even began talking about sin and righteousness..........ie...the need for a sacrifice. He knew it, and he fought tears as we talked about the amazing mercy and forbearance of God. I could cry now just thinking about them......thoughts of the kindness of the Lord in and through such tremendous trials as hard as this one....how God exalts Himself to show mercy on us.... I ended up giving them that verse actually Is 30:18-20
"Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for him.
For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher."

Promised adversity and promised affliction, YET , we are promised that in the end - we shall see our Teacher. The Christ.
I pray that what was said will encourage them to trust in the Sovereign Lord and not in themselves.....and to know deeply that God has GOOD purposes in all that He does.....even if we're left with a big question mark above our heads when things happen that seem unloving.

Is 26:3 "You keep him in perfect peace who's mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You."

Ahh, to be Held........

In Christ Jesus, God reconciled us to Himself.
Standing in wonder......again.
All I got ~
Oats

1 Comments:

At 9/25/2006 7:51 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Aww, Duey - that was marvelous! Our God is so Good. And I'm glad I finally got caught up in my reading now... :)

I will be keeping Todd and his wife (and baby!) in my prayers.

 

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