The End of the World (Being a Kingdom Family Part III)
This morning, as I was enjoying time with Father, I was reminded of this past summer when we were at the end of our own strength – and the end of our ability to keep on standing and at the end of our ability to…well, do anything.
We had no grocery money, we were down to one roll of toilet paper in the house (with 8 people!!!), we had emptied the pantry and were finishing off the freezers, we had notice that our house was going into foreclosure – AGAIN, we were on month four with no gas (meaning no hot water or stove/oven or dryer), and the last three jobs we had taken canceled out after we had done some -to-all of the work, without paying us. We were facing the soon repo of our van – AGAIN and our electric needed to be paid by Friday. It was Wednesday. We had an offer to come work for someone at their home (physical type work, not editing type work) but we couldn’t take them up on it because we had no gas and truly not one cent to get any. (Oh, that might not be true, at that point the kids still had their state quarter collections, I think. Before it was all done, we had emptied those, too.)
There was no hope in our home. SO, Jeff and I did all that we knew to do. We went to the Word. We told the kids that it was a vacation day, we hung the clothes out on the line and we went outside and sat in the sun reading the Word to one another (faith comes by hearing – which is why I sometimes have to talk to myself) 🙂 and we focused on what God had to say about this situation.
We learned a few things that day – first, we learned we did not take God’s word seriously enough. We had become immunized to the power of a “red word.” We read those red words as though they were black words in some other book. They aren’t. They are the words of our Lord and Savior. (Which is why I will never have a Bible that isn’t red letter edition again! I need to be reminded that I’m reading a transcript of my Lord’s words!)
Another thing that we learned that day was we have lost our understanding of how God has positioned Himself when it comes to the things He says. We “know” that Scripture says that God is not a man, so He can’t lie. What had escaped us was the consequence if He did (could) lie. In other words, if we stood on His Word and it didn’t come to pass….
Let me tell you what we found that wonderful summer day. We were reading in Colossians. Chapter 1 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things AND IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER.
Should the Lord lie, He would cease to be God and when He did – all the things that are held together by Him would fall apart. When we realized that – suddenly the power inherent in the Word of God grew exponentially. There wasn’t a single jot nor tittle of the Word that we couldn’t stand wholly on, knowing that it was a sure step.
I suspect that there are others out there that are like we were, we believed the Word of God, but we didn’t fully grasp the revelation of it as living and breathing. It had become a historical document, rather than a letter of love and compassion from a gracious Lord who desired to give us all the answers we needed to have life and have it abundantly. It’s not just words, it’s the WORDS that hold the very fabric of the universe together. If they can hold the universe, they can surely hold our concerns!
By the way, we didn’t get our electric payment, but they didn’t turn us off, either. We did get some money (someone sent 1/10th of what they had agreed to pay us for a job) that allowed us to buy some groceries and toilet paper! WOOT!! 🙂 They didn’t repo our van and it was another 2 months before we were able to get our gas restored. But, you know what? It was a SWEET summer. The Lord was ever present and we learned SO much about our God. He had to take us through some hefty trials to prove to us that no matter what, He could keep us. And He has. He has blessed us – and He will bless you as well.
Be blessed of the Lord today, my dears.