God our Refuge!

In Psalm 46:1, the Psalmist referred to God as ”… our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” and I cannot agree with him less. It is for this reason that I want to narrate the testimony below, to shore up his position and to glorify the name of the Lord.

In March 1999, Madam Diamond (not her real name), was brought to us in our Benin-City, Nigeria base for medical attention. She complained of a three months history of severe unremitting headache, sleeplessness, severe weight loss, right sided body weakness, recurrent vomiting and blurring of vision. Prior to coming to us, she was seen by many brilliant doctors and their general impression was that she had a swelling in her brain which would have been better removed surgically. But they didn’t want to do anything heroic on her on account of old age (she was about seventy years old then) and frail state of health amongst other reasons. She was therefore placed on some strong pain killers and sedatives with the aim of making her as comfortable as possible before she passes on. Her condition soon deteriorated rapidly and when she got to us, we immediately referred her to an expert who couldn’t help her much due to the reasons advanced earlier. However, we did not lose hope-we took her case to the highest level; to God our refuge and He did not disappoint us.

One afternoon, during a prayer session, the Holy Spirit prompted us to substitute her strong medications with ordinary Paracetamol tabs (a mild pain killer) and Valium tabs (a mild sedative). I was completely taken aback by this ‘bizarre’ but clear directive. Why would the Holy Spirit want us to treat her with such flimsy medications when very potent ones had failed I asked myself time after time? In the end, I discussed the new development with Madam Diamond and her husband and to our surprise, albeit delight, they asked us to go ahead with God’s plan without delay and we did. And for the first time in a very long time, she slept soundly only to wake up later in the evening with no more than a mild headache.

I repeated the medications again before she went to bed in the night and by the time she woke up the following morning, she was completely free of all symptoms.  That is, God healed her totally and we rejoiced and praised the name of the Lord with her heartily.  Madam Diamond is still alive and well to date (2010); twelve years after!

In retrospect, I thank God for showing us that he is still capable of caring for us, His people, whenever we run to Him for refuge. He also confirmed what Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that is: ”…God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty”. He healed Madam Diamond using a very flimsy means and He can do same again in all situations including yours and at all times.

Friend, this God, our refuge and strength, who healed Madam Diamond, is willing to meet you at the deepest point of your need(s). He wants to give you a new beginning. He wants to heal you, give you a credible means of livelihood and sort out your finances for you once and for all. He also wants to give you a happy home, a successful career, a blooming business, a thriving ministry etc. Finally, He wants you to attain Heaven when you are through with this world. But you have to ask Him (in prayer) to help you first and He will not disappoint you (Matthew 7:7, Isaiah 43:19). Please do not dither; act fast and act now in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2010