A little over two weeks ago, by the will of God, I experienced a traumatic fall that snapped my spine at the T11 level and left me paralyzed from the waist down. My blessed wife Casey and I rejoiced in it, knowing only that it served God’s own purposes as well as His purposes for our lives.
Now it has become clear that it was a means to open up a door to bear witness of our faith and share the magnificent, overwhelming love of God with many people during a time we believe He is making a final call to the unsaved.
No one expects a new paraplegic to be happy, so that gift of joy from the Holy Spirit is a stunning asset in reaching souls. I have no idea how many may be persuaded in this, but if it is just a single soul, it is an amazing bargain.
It is also an opportunity for people to reject the Lord. Either way, it moves us forward toward the end of the Age of Grace: the Church Age.
Overriding all of the eschatological and doctrinal factors that are so much in play right now is the sublime love of God. He never fails! He always keeps every promise. (Remember the rainbow after the Great Flood!) It is that warm river of God’s love that washes into us, through us and over us, splashing all around us, that is so attractive to those who hunger and thirst.
It is only through the wooing and teaching of God the Father that anyone can come to the Lord. Doctrinal arguments won’t do it and even threats of hell are no substitute. It was His loving calls that drew each of us into the fold. Unless the Father draws them, we cannot persuade others into joining us.
“44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father. 47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.” John 6:44-47 WEB (Emphasis added.)
I thank God for what He has chosen to do with this humble vessel. I pray for more workers for the harvest. The signs are everywhere before us and the harvest is ripe! Maranatha!
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