“People can accept, distort, manipulate, and reject whatever evidence they see. Your only reliable gauge remains God’s Word. If He said it, you can count on His doing it. Are you willing to live with the affirmation of no one but God and His Word?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?” 2 Samuel 12:22
Embracing a biblical hope does not negate your hoping for temporal success. When King David’s son lay dying, he fasted and prayed that God would deliver him. If you interviewed him at that time and asked if he cared whether the child lived or died, he would have thought you crazy. Of course he cared! A person is foolish not to care what happens to him in life. Thus you must distinguish between what you hope in and what you hope for.
By way of an example, you work for a large law firm and there exists the possibility that you will become a partner. You pray, asking God to give it to you. You hope in God to provide for you what you hope for from your law firm. The firm does not make you a partner and you are angry at God saying, “Lord, it would have been a little thing for you to give me the partnership, for ‘The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he tumeth it whithersoever he will.’ 173 Why did you do this to me?”
In your anger you cease hoping in God for what you hope for, and begin hoping in the firm. They now establish your priorities and dictate how you spend your time. When you transferred your commitment from God to the firm, you became an idolater.
Many years ago, while working with Wycliffe, I met a tribe of primitive Indians who worshipped god-pots. I asked the chief what happened when the god-pot didn’t answer prayer. He said, “That is simple; we break the god-pot and make a new one.” When you hope in anyone other than God, you are making and worshipping god-pots.
173 Proverbs 21:1
1 Samuel 22-24 Luke 12:1-31 (New King James Version)
David’s Four Hundred Men
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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