By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
One night Jacob sat in an open field and had it out (wrestled) with the Lord:
“God, how did I end up in this mess? You made such great promises to me. You
told me You would guide me, keep me, fulfill Your plans in me. How could any of
this be Your leading? What kind of covenant walk is this? Lord, I simply have no
future” (see Genesis 32:24-26).
Now, you may reason to yourself, “Maybe Jacob didn’t seek God about some of the
choices he made. Maybe he acted out of his flesh.” Well, perhaps he did, but
all that is beside the point. God could have intervened on Jacob’s behalf at
any time but He did not.
The fact is, we can have a contrite spirit and still have problems. You and
your spouse may be going through a terrible trial. You have prayed, “Lord, I
don’t understand. I know my heart is right, and I’m walking with You, so why
are You allowing this awful trial?”
Most of us think, as Jacob did, that contrite, praying Christians should not
have to endure great sorrows. We should not have to face awful times or fearful
conditions in which our very future is threatened. Yet, the reality is that
humble, repentant, praying Christians still suffer great peril and sorrows.
Nowhere in the Bible does God promise to keep us from problems. Never does He
promise us a smooth ride in our job or career. Nor does He promise us exemption
from affliction. In fact, He says: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). This verse does not
say God delivers us from afflictions, but out of them.
Paul speaks of knowing the heights and depths of God’s love for him. Yet the
Lord didn’t keep Paul’s ship from sinking. In fact, He allowed the apostle to
be stoned, beaten and disgraced. Paul says he was exposed to perils on land and
on sea, from robbers and from his own countrymen.Paul and Jacob
- God’s Protective Power (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- A Contrite Spirit (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- God Hears Your Cry! by Elaine Davenport October 29, 2012 (faithcenter.wordpress.com)