June 1, 2017: The Power of One
Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV)
30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
Several hundred miles away from the University a small weak aged man fell to his knees. “O God do not abandon the work of your hands in this city. Come quickly to their aid. They have no one as their defense but you. They cannot see the danger they are in. Without You they have no hope. Intervene on their behalf. Turn back the tide of the enemy on that campus and restore your presence and honor there. Make your name great for the sake of those who have not yet been called home.”
Prayers of such a nature continued long into the night and even into the early morning hours of the next day.
No one knew of this one saint of God. He had experienced the loss of his wife of fifty years just a few months ago. He had witnessed his beautiful wife grow old. They had shared many years of joy and contentment with each other as they had raised a family of six children. Each of their six children were now followers of the Scarred One. They too had children that were being taught to love Christ at an early age.
This old saint had seen God work in many ways over the years. He had traveled to many foreign nations to share the gospel of His Lord with others who would, in turn, respond to the message and trust in his Christ.
Others did not envy this saint. They only saw him with disdain. When his wife contracted dementia and suffered terribly with arthritis in her older years, he has stopped his travels to other nations, he stopped taking invitations to speak at large rallies where many would hear of Christ. He chose to stay with his wife and care for her in her declining years.
So many saw this as a complete waste of his gifts. He had the ability to preach and teach where many would hear and respond to Christ. When invitations continued to come his way he politely refused and replied, “I have a better work to do now.”
No one could have even predicted how his decision would affect more lives after he stayed at home than before when he was traveling to all those places and coming how with reports of how many had been saved. How would it be possible to have a greater ministry now that he had decided to remain at home with his wife and care for her? What possible benefit could the kingdom have by his sitting all day by his wife?