Having Been Warned in a Dream…
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. (Isaiah 59: 1 NIV)
There’s a guy in our church named Andy who was greatly abused by a foster father when he was a little boy. He used to run away often. He’d live in people’s sheds until caught. He was often in trouble with the police for fighting, or stealing, or drugs. His whole life has been sort of a train wreck. Three marriages, three divorces. Five children, but none of them in relationship with him. Then his health declined. He’s diabetic, narcoleptic, and has a tumor on his pituitary gland that has further ruined his life. Ten years ago he was about to become homeless and was in great despair when he said toward heaven, “Somebody, help me please.”
God accepted that as a prayer because that night Andy had a dream. An old man with white hair and a white beard approached him outside a hardware store and said, “Seek the Lord, young man, before it’s too late.” So the following Sunday Andy came to our church. There are four churches in our town but on this winter night, ours was the only one open. Andy sat down in the back by himself. Then Ted came in and sat next to him. Ted’s in glory now but at the time was in his mid-nineties. This godly man had eleven children. All of them are walking with God. He was a walking Bible. And he had a full head of pure white hair with a large white beard to match. He was the man in the dream, and the first words he spoke to Andy were, “Do you know the Lord, young man?” Andy knew instantly that God was real, and that God was reaching into his own broken life. He very quickly became a Christian and ten years later is still a treasured part of our church.
As the body of Christ on earth, we minister to people. We love people. We help people. We meet their needs. We share with people in various ways how they can know Jesus and be assured of a place in heaven. Lots of us were involved in Andy’s salvation, and lots of us are still involved with helping him in life. We know that God uses us, but thinking back on how Andy actually came to know God, it’s very clear that God Himself responded to the prayer of the destitute, as He says in His Word that He will, and that God Himself spoke to him through the dream that opened the door of his heart. God made this whole thing happen. I think that we should take great comfort in this.
We need to share the gospel with as many as we can, but can we really reach everybody? Our arms are just too short. And our ears are just too dull, even to hear their cries. But God’s aren’t. Let’s rejoice in the greatness of our God. His love endures forever. He responds to the prayer of the destitute. Always has and always will. His keen ears hear their cry, and His strong arms reach down to save. He’s a great God and He will find some way to bring all of His children home. ~ Rev. Chris Thompson
Keswick is a graduate of America’s Keswick and serves with his family in England
America’s Keswick (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 9752-9777). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: Our little things are all big to God’s love; our big things are all small to His power. Billy Graham
Verse to Memorize: He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4