I have read, and seen, and known many things that have happened long long ago, and saw God's hand using those circumstances even today in my life and in the lives of those around me. Who would have guessed that 3000 years ago, when Abraham had a son named Ishmael, that the middle-east would turn out like it has today. ALL for His glory. He knew what he was doing back then, and even now.
I know that God is preparing me for something. Something that will draw all eyes to Him. I do not know what it is, but I wanted you to know. If He isn't doing the same for you, maybe you should ask Him why not? I know this, because I have asked Him. He said that we have not, because we ask not. When I ask God to draw me closer to him, it scares me; Because I KNOW that he will do it. But I also know that there will be consequences (earthly), and rewards (heavenly).
I was seriously moved by the message Wednesday night, where that dear brother opened our eyes to a glimpse of what our lives SHOULD be if we were truly seeking God's riches in our lives, rather than what this earth holds for us. " But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33
I can only pray that God will allow me to have the strength and courage to face whatever he has in store for me, just as Josh and Beth have done in their situation. Trusting in Him, to guide me through.
Here is a poem that Josh's Dad wrote after hearing the news about the charges being dropped:
It Takes A Crucifixion
There cannot be a resurrection until a crucifixion's taken place.
No joy comes in the morning without a night of horrible disgrace.
Until the ones you love and trust have all forsaken you and fled.
You can't experience what it truly means to come back from the dead.
Until you've been falsely accused and friends believe the worst.
You never will experience what it means to truly put Christ first.
Not until you've been abandoned as folks you love believe the lies.
Can there be a day ahead when you and your testimony will arise.
Unless you're shunned and doubted and you're treated like a stranger,
You will not know God's present help and protection from real danger.
When you're horribly lied about and you display love for that enemy
God will allow you to see him in despair as He gives you the victory.
Many are the backslidden Christians who would delight to see you fall.
But what God's permitting you to face will make you stronger then them all.
When your faith won't cease nor waiver, as you face your darkest hour
It's then you'll know God's blessings and you'll share his special power.
If you watch all hope slipping away, and there's nothing visible to hold
Stay right with God in your integrity, and you will come forth as gold.
God never once forsook his own, He promised that He will see you through
It's when you feel the most alone that then He's tenderly carrying you.
When witnesses who swore to tell the truth, then lie upon the witness stand
Rest firm remaining upon the rock, for you're not on the sinking sand.
If you have no where else to turn and no one your case to plead
When you have nothing left but God alone, you'll learn He is all you need.
So when you're going through the worst and encouragers are few.
Stop to praise the Lord for faithful friends, who still believe in you.
To those scores of you who have emailed, written, called and shown so much love during this long difficulty we want to say God bless you!
Dr. and Mrs. Dave Douglass
Missionary/Evangelist - I.W.W.E.