I once heard about a Pastor who was in charge of a small rural church. He loved giving people the chance to testify to the goodness of God in their lives whenever he ministered. He did so again one Sunday morning, but this time around, he encouraged each testifier to back up his or her testimony with an appropriate bible quotation.
The first person got up, and quoted Philippians 4:19: “and my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’’. He then narrated how God supplied all his needs in a miraculous way during the week! After that, the second person got up, and quoted Galatians 6:9: “and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart’’. He told the congregation how somebody he once helped, came back to give him a decent amount of money, which he used to settle his debts. Next, the third person got up, and cited Psalms 107:20 -“he sent his words and he healed them and delivered them from their destructions’’. She went on to give an account of how God delivered her from a long standing illness.
Several other people also gave their testimonies, and the church was truly blessed that day.
Finally, an old man got up and his quotation was very simple: “it shall come to pass’’. This is a very common biblical quotation! And his testimony was that he had many problems before, which he tried to solve by himself without success. He was ill, and had no money for proper medical treatment. Also, two of his children were really badly-behaved, and his wife’s business, their only source of income, had collapsed. Besides, he was neck deep in debt, and his creditors were after him 24/7.
At a point, he wanted to kill himself, but he was deterred by the hassles involved. In the end, he prayed to God to deliver him, and help came from unexpected quarters, and his problems were solved one after the other. That is, they all came to pass! He ended his testimony by challenging everyone in the congregation to take their concerns to God for resolution.
Friend, what is it that is making your life needlessly tough lately, and would not allow you to enjoy yourself? Is it an illness, poverty, joblessness, business failure, failed ministry, academic or professional inertia, childlessness, divorce, addiction, debt, etc.? Today, I challenge you like the old man did, to take it to God, and it shall come to pass sooner or later in Jesus name (Matthew 11:28). Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Ellesmere Port, UK.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies