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The Names of God: God’s Answer to Life’s Darkness

Preached by Dr. Gene Scott on December 28, 1975
     
     “Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that
     obeyed the voice of his servant, that walketh
     in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust
     in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.”
     Isaiah 50:10
     
     Isaiah 50:10-11: WHO IS AMONG YOU . . .? Don’t you like the way the Bible zeroes in? Here it is individualized right at the beginning: “Who is among you?” The message is not to a crowd but to individuals: “Who is among you?”
     
     Circle the word that and watch for it to be repeated later. “Who is among you,” and here is the “who,” that feareth the LORD,” in the Old Testament sense of respect for God, a sense of awareness of who He is and a sense of the fear of the Lord. You know who He is, you know He is the Boss and you respect Him as such. So you are in pretty good company if you are there, wouldn’t you say? “Who is among you that feareth the LORD. . .? That is good company.
     
     Circle the word that again. This is still the same person, “that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?” Do you mean you can be in that kind of condition, “walking in darkness and having no light,” even though you fear the Lord and obey His servant? Yes, that is what it says. As we face difficulties that would overcome us in the natural, these poetic words “darkness” and even “hath no light” should come close to home. But I do not want to just leave it there.
     
     “Who is among you?” I am going to interpolate some words; even though you fear the Lord, and even though you have been obedient and you have done everything you know to do that the voice of the servant of God has expressed to you, yet you are still in darkness and “hath no light.” What about you?
     
     Now for some years there has been the suggestion creeping into the church world that when you get in darkness with no light you must have done something wrong. The suggestion is that if you are in this kind of circumstance, it must mean that you are out of God’s will. It seems like there is a parade of testimonials from people who are forever telling us that when they gave their heart and life to God, everything turned rosy; that when they got into the center of God’s will and quit resisting God, everything turned bright. I am one preacher who says there is little too much illusionary Christianity being propagated today. This parade creates a momentum: when one says it, another one wants to say it; and that sends out a rosy glow, making people who have not yet moved into the stream of Christianity think that the minute they make that walk down an aisle and give their life to God everything is automatically right thereafter. Not so!
     
     I find Christians all over the world forever being intimidated by that “accuser of the brethren: who says that when things go wrong, “You are out of God’s will.” They are wrong and bad enough in themselves, but he just adds on more weight: “It is happening to you because you did something wrong.” Not so! This kind of circumstance is not happening to you because you did something wrong. To those Christians who have said to me that the sign of being out of God’s will is things going wrong circumstantially in your life, I have oft responded: then all the saints in God’s book were out of God’s will most of the time! The Christian journey is warfare.
     
     Peter was “Mr. Pentecost.” If there is anyone who can speak on this subject, he can. He writes to scattered Christians in his epistles and he descries a salvation so wonderful that the angels bend down low to look at it and prophets sought after its mysteries. Then he recognizes that he is writing to people who are suffering; and if you read the history of these people, they suffered false accusation, persecution and peril on every side. He never suggested they were out of God’s will. He doesn’t even promise God will get them out of their tribulation; he just says you are children of a heavenly Father, so in the midst of that kind of strain, act like it. You are citizens of a heavenly Kingdom, so conduct yourself accordingly. You are pilgrims in an alien land, your hope is eternal: act like it and let nothing down here, persecution or trouble, deter you from pressing on to that hope which is eternal.
     
     This Scripture is saying what we all know: you can walk in the center of God’s will, you can fear the Lord, you can obey the voice of His servant, and you still on occasion will find yourself in darkness with no light. What do you do? Let me tell you what not to do first. Verse 11 tells you what not to do: “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks.” I have a crusade to demystify spiritual things. In simple terms, the first thing most of us do when the darkness comes is to start scurrying for a matchbox so we can build a light of our own creation. We are going to deliver ourselves. I have always had that problem with God: if God didn’t deliver me in my darkness, I would deliver Him. I would figure out, in a hurry, how I could solve the problem. That is all it is saying here: when the darkness comes, the first thing you do is grab your matchbox and light your own fire to get your own light.
     
     Do you know what it says to those who do that? “Walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled.” Just stumble around with your match, but this is what He promises: “This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” For those self-deliverers, all that He promises is sorrow.
     
     I want to let the reality of what God is saying settle in. All of us have this tendency: when the darkness comes, we are going to panic, and we are sure that we cannot find God with the lights out so we are going to strike a match in a hurry. The matchbox is whatever it is you use to deliver yourself when the pressure comes. God’s problem forever has been to bring us into a state of relationship with Him where we can cooperate with Him in His way.
     
     Psalm 84 says, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.” “Of them” is in italics because it was added by the King James translators, but it is not in the original. The word “ways” modified God, not the people who are in the valley. Literally, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee and in whose heart are the ways of thee.” you can read in the Bible that God’s acts were made known to the children of Israel. They saw the acts of God and the results of His acts, but to Moses God revealed His ways. It takes time to learn these things.
     
     Again, let me demystify spiritual things. That is common language: have you ever said of an close friend, after you get to know him long enough, “That’s just the way he is?” You become familiar with your friend’s ways. Well, God has ways, and we are forever getting ahead of Him. God has always dealt with these extremes. There are those who come along who want to do it in place of God. Those are the matchbox, self-made fire builders that we are talking about here. They don’t need God; they will light the way with their own instruments. The other extreme is someone who leaves it all to God. This passage reminds me of a story about a farmer who had a marvelous crop and somebody said to him, “You ought to thank God for the crop He gave you.” The farmer said, “I do, but you should have seen the field when God had it by Himself.”
     
     It’s not all God, and it’s not all me. It’s God and me, and me doing it God’s way. Now all verse 11 is saying to me is that when darkness comes, shove the matchboxes a little out of reach as you first act. Just pause a moment before you start delivering yourself out of your darkness. Give yourself the time to consider another way: what is God’s way? This is not leaving it all up to God. This passage tells me to do something other than light my own path with human-made instruments.
     
     Verse 10 tells me what to do: “Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyed the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust,” underline trust. Now that is only half of the command: “Let him trust in the name of the LORD” instead of just saying “Let him trust in the LORD?” The answer is simple: because God means for us to trust in the name of the Lord; not just the Lord, but in His name. Why His name? Because the names of God specify precisely what God wants to be to His people. It takes Him out of the general and makes Him specific to you and your need.
     
     “Who is among you? Now in the Old Testament they used to refer to God with several names. El, or Elohim in the plural, was one of God’s names. It meant “God Almighty,” and it spoke of God’s power. Occasionally they attached other names onto it. To Abraham, God revealed Himself as El Shaddai. Dr. Price used to translate this as “the enough of God.” it is perhaps one of only two expressions in the Bible where God relates Himself to the role of a mother, using a picture word that conveys a child at his mother’s breast receiving nourishment, all that he needs. So when God revealed Himself to Abraham, He was saying, “I will be like a mother to a child, I will be all that you need” with that name El Shaddai. El Olam means “God everlasting.”
     
     Then the word Jehovah begins to move on the scene. “Jehovah” is an interesting word; it is hard to translate. You have got to take your mind and see a picture of a force flowing. Sometimes it is translated “I Am.” Sometimes it is translated “I Am that I Am,” but it needs a translation that is an expression that really broadens its meaning into a phrase. It is a word that means “I am revealing myself and I Am as I Am. And I want you to know what I am like, and I am going to be as I am.” That would say it all. He is just letting Himself, in that name, say to those around Him that it is His nature as a person to reveal Himself. When the name Jehovah comes on the scene, God is saying that He is going to let Himself flow to us.
     
     Interestingly enough, the very people to whom He revealed Himself as Jehovah got afraid of the name; and they said to themselves that God was up there so far and so high that they had to respect Him in such a way they wouldn’t even pronounce the name. It is four Hebrew letters: YHWH, Yahweh. We say “Jehovah,” and when you see the capital letters “LORD” in the King James Version you know it is translating that word. But when they read it in Scripture, they would substitute another word. Man always changes God’s ways. God intended the name to be self-revelatory.
     
     God said to Moses, “I have been known before by my other names but through you and to this people I am going to reveal myself as JEHOVAH” (Exodus 6:3). And then He began to do it, and a series of names began to unfold. In fact, the use of the name Jehovah attached to other revelatory names had occurred before Moses, but it began to flower in fullness under Moses. Now that word “Jehovah” involved the expression of what He wanted to be to His people. He was going to come, if you will, from behind the cloud and take Himself out of the abstract and the general, and let His people know what He really was willing to be with them. That is all there is to the names of god. As you go through God’s book, know that God, when He gives Himself a name, or reveals Himself in such a way that under inspiration those writers of the Bible could give Him a name, it is God saying, “This is what I want to be to you.”
     
     Be specific with God. The Scripture says, “Ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2, John 16:24). In the prayer of faith in the book of Romans we are told we are not to believe we must ascend as though we would bring God down or descend into the depths and bring Him up; it is already nigh us. It is in our mouth; speak it forth (Romans 10:6-10). There is power in the specific expressions of prayer to God.
     
     In Romans 8, we read that Jesus is up there interceding for us and doing a good enough job, but in our limitations there needs to be articulation with specifics, because God responds to specifics. And I have said if you toe hurts, will you not pray some big long prayer to God, “O God, high on Your throne with angels flying around, door post shaking, smoke billowing, great and wonderful to be seen and heard . . . “ Just say, “Lord, my toe hurts, will You heal it?” “Little toe,” if you need to be specific: “My little toe hurts.”
     
     That is what the names of God mean. Are you in darkness? “Who is among you?” Your darkness no doubt is specific, and you have no light? “Let him trust in the name of the LORD.” Find a name that gives light to the specific darkness you are in.
     
     Are you sick? Is that your darkness? Exodus 15: “I am Jehovah-rapha. I am the LORD that healeth thee.” The phrase, “Let him trust” uses a word in the Greek Septuagint that is translated “faith” in the New Testament, which always adds a dimension beyond mere mental assent. You are not trusting if you just believe with your mind. You are not even trusting if, in addition to believing with the mind, you respond with your heart. You are not trusting until you literally hang your body and attach it in action on what the mind has agreed to and the heart has responded to. In my darkness, I am told if it is sickness, “Let him trust in the name of the LORD:” God’s name, in Exodus 15, is Jehovah-rapha. He said it.
     
     “I Am.” This is an expression of God’s nature and I oft say to people that God is not like water that you pour into a bottle: get a little bit of God and then a little bit more and then a little bit more. God is a person and wherever God is He is absolutely there. You are going to have as much of God as you can get when He is there. He is a person as I am a person. Now wherever God is He is absolutely there. You don’t get a little of Him. The way some people talk about “receiving God,” I get the picture that He is climbing into them. Christ is formed in your heart by faith; and when I am filled with the Holy Spirit, it is not so much me getting more of God as it is the God that is already in me getting more of me. And the tongue, that most unruly member, is the last one to yield, when there is a fuller dimension of His expression through me and a greater possession of me by the Spirit that is come. That is what is involved in the fullness of the Spirit, but God is complete in Himself; and when He comes, He is there.
     
     That means wherever He is He is the same God who said, “I am the LORD that healeth thee.” In your darkness of sickness you can’t change the darkness, but you can trust in the name of the Lord and He will change the darkness. He is the light. You hang your body literally on what He has said, “I am the LORD that healeth you.” You might say, “But I am still sick.” Sure you are. It is just as real as you think it is, but keep hanging on in faith. He said, “I am the LORD that healeth thee.” In the Bible, some were healed instantly; some were healed as they went, but God provided for His people in this promise.
     
     I remember a friend calling me and saying he had a friend, Dr. Fred Smith, in the hospital in Minneapolis. Fred Smith had two earned Ph.D.s. He was the head of the biochemistry division at the University of Minnesota. He was called “a very evangelical Christian.”
     
     But I was told he was in the hospital with total blockage in his stomach. Unless he had an operation, death would be immediate. I was asked if I could go, thinking that some mutual background in academics might give a point of contact. Fred had been reading in the book of Acts and had become vitally interested in the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The man who contacted me hoped that I could help his friend.
     
     After several delays I made it to the hospital, and I thought, “I have come all this way to pray for this scientist; what if nothing happens?” Suddenly the thought came into my mind, that wondrous phrase in the New Testament, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7). And I said, “Well, I am just the container: it is the Holy Spirit that does the job.”
     
     I went into the hospital room. He was sitting up in bed. Because he had had a fever, the operation had been delayed. I told him that I had come to pray for him and the Lord would heal him. Dr. Smith began to use that logical mind of his to find a reason: he wanted to find some logical reason why God would heal him. I said, “Fred, God doesn’t’ need a reason other than being Himself. It is His nature to heal. You don’t have to qualify. You don’t have to talk Him into it. You just have to recognize that. It is as though the door is there and the floodgates are waiting to be pulled open. It is His nature. He wants to be this way.”
     
     I saw it hit him and I said, “Let’s pray.” Fred opened up is heart and he just confessed to God. He said, “God, I always had a problem with this brain of mine. I want to fit You into boxes, and categorize You, and put You in nice, neat order, find a reason for everything; but I need You.” And his voice began to break and like a river it started flowing as he began to speak in a language he hadn’t learned. We laid hands on him.
     
     They rolled him out for testing before surgery. Later, we talked about the things of the Lord and then the whole surgical staff of the hospital walked in. They said, “Dr. Fred, we don’t understand it, but you don’t have a blockage. Go home.” Jehovah-rapha.
     
     Whatever your darkness is, will you put your trust in the Lord? You say that is not my darkness. We live in a day when economic collapse is on every side. We live in a day of high-pressured work. We are forever wondering how we will make it from one day to the next. An economic darkness is pressuring people on every side. I still insist on demystifying the things of God, that God provided for every darkness. “Let him trust in the name of the LORD:” Jehovah-jireh, the Lord will provide. God has never promised me riches, but God’s Word says that the Lord is the Lord who will provide. A lot of years I thought I wouldn’t make it, but here I am. The Lord will provide.
     
     People don’t have nervous breakdown over today’s problems; it is what you think you are going to face tomorrow. God’s Word said, “As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). Years ago, I made it a premise of my life, no matter how badly I want to quit, to never quit as the end of the day: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” At the end of the day it is gone. And the promise is precise, “As thy days.” If you have got a big problem, big strength; a little problem, little strength. “As thy days. . . “ He measures out your strength.
     
     Your darkness might be guilt: beaten down with a sense of your failure before God. How I wish I could rip out of the Christian stream that Puritan perfectionism that has substituted itself for Christ in the church world. All over the land, people are forever thinking that they have got to make themselves good enough for God’s gifts. You have got to be somehow better than you are to get His haling; you have got to be somehow better than you are to get His gifts of the Spirit.
     
     We have access by faith into a sphere of grace. If you want it literally, we move into a dimension of grace by faith and nothing that I bring merits it (Romans 5). Grace is charisma, “unmerited favor.” And one of God’s names is Jehovah-tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness. Paul said, “I frustrate not the grace of God. If righteousness came by my works then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21). I love God and I will never be able to do enough to express the love I have for Him; I have no illusions that anything in me merits anything I get from Him. And if your darkness is guilt, will you just knock the devil off of your shoulder? Stop listening! Place your trust in the name of the Lord: Jehovah-tsidkenu, “I am thy righteousness.”
     
     We live in a high-pressured, anxious age. Jehovah-shalom, He is your peace. He made the peace. You are in a darkness where you can’t see any way out. How many of you in the last week have come to a point in desperation and you didn’t think God was even there?
     
     Well, you’re in good company: Elijah sat under a juniper tree, thinking everything was over; and David, after God had promised him the kingdom, was sure that Saul would kill him. But there is one promise that rings out in all the darkness: Jehovah-shammah, the Lord is there.
     
     There are laws in the spiritual world that operate just as reliably as the laws in the natural world. The darkness doesn’t come when we are here in the light of worship together, where the very unity of our voices together have brought the effecting of manifestation of His presence because He promised it. It is when you are alone in darkness that the seed of the Word must flower and stay. That darkness is real! What do you do?
     
     “Let him trust,” hang on, attach your body, stumble if you have to in the initial darkness, but hang on! Are you sick? Let every man be a liar; God has said it, “I am the LORD that healeth thee.” If I had no other basis for going to God, I would claim that one. If the books won’t balance at the end of the day, do all that you can in your strength, then claim the promise! Through the night He will work: the Lord will provide.
     
     Are you beaten down with guilt? Roll it onto the cross and say this morning, “He died for me.” The Lord is your righteousness, praise be to God when we lift that name before Him, God has to shift His view and look at you and me ever after through the “spectacles of Jesus:” He sees me as if I am His Son. I am rose-coated with that view. The Lord is my righteousness.
     
     The Lord will give peace: Jehovah-shalom. The Lord is there: Jehovah-shammah. Count on it: He is there. The promise is “I will never leave you.” “Thus said God the LORD, he that created,” Isaiah hurled it out, “he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth . . . Giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD . . . Will hold thine hand.” “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee,” that is Jehovah-shammah, “and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour, I have loved thee . . . Fear not: for I am with thee” (Isaiah 42:5-6, 43: 2-5).
     
     For more than 13 years God kept the choicest servant He had, Joseph. Almost all of the Old Testament giants failed God miserably at some time or other. Joseph is the exception, and yet he had to wait 13 years for the promise, rejected by brethren, beaten, in chains, lied on, rewarded for morality by being cast into prison, forgotten and alone. Psalm 105 says that God sent a man to Egypt, one Joseph. And if you take the literal translation you will find he stayed there until the iron went into his soul.
     
     I have been in valleys, and I have been in darkness. Years ago I decided I would preach Christ and I said I would never, ever bring any of my personal problems or personal crises to the pulpit. I have learned over the years to hide behind the Word and to hide behind Jesus. But the fact still remains for some many years when I had nothing but the Lord and His Word, I learned it was enough. The years have not been easy. I started out early in my life wanting to “save the world by sundown” and learning how to do God’s work before I even met the Lord in fullness. I set out to do the Lord’s work in my own strength. I had to come to failure and had to be driven to a point where I had nothing but God to learn what F.B. Meyer said, that when you run out of your inadequate resources, then and only then do you begin to tap the abundant and never-failing resources that reside in God.
     
     “Let him trust in the name of the LORD.” God took the trouble to turn the focus meter in such a way that I could catch a glimpse. God Just hid Moses in a cleft of a rock, and God let Moses catch a glimpse of Himself. But god, through Moses and others, spelled it out in bold lines what He will be to you. There are other names. When your darkness comes, will you find a name that fits? And then, trust; hang your body on it.
     
     What is the second half of the verse? “Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” “Stay” is a word that originally comes out of the nautical world. It was used by sailors: you “stay” a ship on something other than itself. You cast your anchor on the Lord.
     
     And notice the personalization. The first act is to trust in the name of the Lord: find the specific name that fits. But then when you have found it, tighten the screws on that focus meter and leave it there. And suddenly that specific quality of God changes and instead of it being just the name of God, that expression in regard to your specific problem becomes your god for that moment. He becomes very personal. To somebody sick, your God is the God who heals, Jehovah-rapha. To somebody in need, your God is Jehovah-jireh. To someone who lacks peace, your God is Jehovah-shalom. If you lack righteousness, your God is Jehovah-tsidkenu.
     
     Jesus brought it even closer. “They should call his name “JESUS” (Luke 1:31). Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Joshua,” Je-hoshua, which is a contraction of Jehovah-oshua, “God our Helper.” And it was Jesus who brought the Father even closer and taught us when we pray to say, “Our Father.” “Abba, Father,” we would say, in the Aramaic and then the English. It is really saying, “Father, Father,” said two times for emphasis. And when Jesus was going, He said, “I will give you another Comforter,” Paraclete in the Greek, another name of God, meaning “one alongside” (John 14:16).
     
     Whatever your need, there is a name to fit it. “Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and then say, “Hang in there, and case your anchor on that name. I have oft said, if I walk through the parking lot of the church and drop dead claiming “God is my healer,” I will ask Him about it when I get there; but it’s a good way to go out. “Let him stay on his God.”
     
     H.G. Spafford wrote a hymn. Do you know of it? His wife was crossing the Atlantic with their four children. The ship sank in a shipwreck. The cable came to him in Chicago that his wife had been rescued. The cable consisted of two words, “Saved; alone.” Four children, gone. He sat down at that point and wrote, “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.”
     
     From “The PULPIT, Volume 1,” by Dr. Gene Scott. © 2008, Pastor Melissa Scott.
     Reprinted with permission from Pastor Melissa Scott.

     




IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

Words by: Horatio Gates Spafford, 1873.
Music by: Philip Paul Bliss, 1876.

When peace, like a river,
attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to know,
“It is well, it is well with my soul”

Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded
my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss
of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross,
and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord haste the day
when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Chorus: It is well (it is well)
with my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul





Prayer Requests for July, 2012
For John Crutcher (in Oklahoma) who is still in need of a liver transplant.
For William Holland (Joliet, Illinois), for favor with the courts.
For Willie Harper’s friend, Ellen Watson (Illinois) that her back pain goes away.
For Willie Scott (Grady, Arkansas), for a better job and a transfer to medium security.
For Earl Oswalt (Taft, Oklahoma), who just put in a parole packet for Texas.
For Craig Habben (Tucson, Arizona); also for his Mother, Mary Martha Flowers, for health, and for his sister, Lori Beth Arsenic, who takes care of his mother.
For Rodney Bracken (Menard, Illinois) who is having problems with his short term memory.
For Dennis Martin (Lexington, Oklahoma) who is having blood pressure and heart problems again.
For Anthony Grayson (Shawangunk, New York), that his health gets better.
For Dolly Meneses (Illinois) who just had surgery.
For Jimmy Huff (Colorado City, Texas), for health.
For Mike Long (Larned, Kansas), for health.
For Willie Clark (Iowa Park, Texas), who still wants to be transferred closer to Houston.
For Sister Ann & all the Carmelite Nuns in Little Rock.
For Frank Williams, Jr. (Death Row, Grady, Arkansas). He is still waiting on a ruling.
For Freddie Lee Lott (Dixon, Illinois), to keep his healing and stay cancer free.
For Robert Heffernan (Grady, Arkansas), that DNA evidence will prove his innocence.
For Youcef Nadarkhani who is facing execution in Iran for being a Christian.
For Pastor Scott & her ministry (The University Network) in Los Angeles.
For all of us at Wingspread, especially for Brian & Gail

Last month we wrote about Baca Valley, the place of tears. Knowing how satan hates people who are committed to God, at the time I wondered how long this time of blessing and peace would last. We have had an unusual lovely spring and all of us have been healthy and well.

Then the frantic call came from Gail. She had just come home from work and found Brian on the floor in the office. He had suffered a stroke and couldn’t get up or even reach the phone. The best we can figure, he had been there over two hours. Somehow we managed to get him into the car and on to the hospital.

Brian has been in a rehab hospital the last two weeks. The stroke affected the left side of his body. He has lost a lot of feeling in his leg, arm, etc., but with therapy he is slowly getting some feeling back. He faces more weeks of therapy and possibly surgery down the road to repair a main artery in his neck. We are asking God for a complete recovery for Brian. We don’t know why this happened to him. If anyone can be considered faithful and completely committed to God’s ways, it is Brian.

But we have to remember that nothing can happen to us that God does not allow. He will work His eternal purpose for our lives as He sees fit to do. He knows us better than we know ourselves and will use all circumstances to make us more and more fit for His Kingdom.

You all should read at least the first 3 chapters of Job. Check out what God allowed the devil to do to him, and how Job’s suffering was used to test and refine his character. “Such experiences reveal the ultimate triumph of a wise and loving God in His unseen contest with satan over the souls of men” (Scofield note on Job 42:56).
































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