Daily Devotionals

May 21, 2017: Rescued from the pit.  Part One

May 21, 2017: Rescued from the pit.  Part One

Psalm 40:1-5 (KJV)

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

While the enemy was busy trying to stop the private prayer sessions of many believers in their prayer closets he was oblivious to what the Scarred One was doing in another part of campus. It was happening where most demons were confident it could never happen.  In the Chancellor’s office, Chancellor Wilson was having an awakening of his own.

For the past several hours, Chancellor Wilson had been locked in his office out of sight of anyone.  Not even the demons could observe what was taking place.  They had assumed that Chancellor Wilson was already locked in and beyond redemption.  He once was used on other campuses to bring in lecturers and professors that were tremendous allies for the cause of the Fallen One.  Now, something was taking place deep in his soul.  He was beginning to rethink everything he believed.

He had been staring at his wife’s last letter to him for the past several hours and rethinking all that she had shared with him about her love for this Christ.  She had faced many struggles before she had met her husband and she had fallen for him almost instantly.

They had dated for over a year before they married.  During this time they had attended a few college bible studies, and Jan was growing more and more interested, but her husband to be just could not see the need to believe in a God.  He had always been smart and it seemed he could do almost anything he put his mind to so what was the need for a God, he was quite all right by himself.

Now things had turned rather dark.  He saw his own heart and could not believe what he had become.  He was no longer doing what he thought was best he was only doing the bidding of someone else.  He was not free, he was enslaved to all those who paid him his huge salary.  He had enjoyed the rewards that went with all the obeying orders of the select trustees.  The vacations, the new cars, and the great benefits just kept getting bigger and bigger.  Now the rewards were just not worth it.  He looked in the mirror over the mantle of the fireplace in his office and he did not like what they had become.

“God, if you are there, I just need to know if there is any hope for one like me.  I have become a liar and a deceiver.  I live only for my own pleasure and I am sick of what I have become.  Jan told me that you would forgive me if I turned to you and admitted my need for your son in my life.  I see now how terribly I treated Jan in her last few years as my wife.

I even rejected my children because I was interested in climbing the ladder of success.  If I had only known then what I know now I would never have done that.”

. . . . . .

“What is happening in the Chancellor’s office?’ thundered Old Slew Foot.  “Someone get up there right now.”

. . . . .

Outside the Chancellor’s office, a young college protester broke in demanding to see the Chancellor.  Before Chancellor Wilson could object, his secretary had already opened the door to see him on his knees before an open Bible.

“Chancellor Wilson what are you doing?” his secretary demanded in a very curt tone.

“I’m sorry could you give me a few minutes with this student it looks like he needs to tell me something important.”  Replied Chancellor Wilson

The secretary left him with the protestor and closed the door on her way out.

“Sir, I don’t mean to be rude or demanding but I think you should hear what I just heard over in the University lounge.

The student pulled out his cell phone and played a recording of a group of professors who had set in motion a full-scale attack on all the faculty and staff that held to any conservative Christian beliefs.  The tape revealed all sorts of unethical tactics they had put in motion to get these specific persons fired all on trumped up and fabricated charges.

After the tape was finished the student looked at Chancellor Wilson and asked what he was going to do about this.

“Young man, have you showed anyone else these videos?”

“No sir I have not.”

“I am going to ask you to do something that will seem unethical but I need you to trust me in this.  Can you act as an undercover reporter to gather all the facts of this group and their plans?  I think I am beginning to see my way clear now.”

“Are you sure you don’t want to do something immediately?  The rumors are so destructive of those who are Christian, especially those of Dr. and Ruth Wilson.”

“I think I have an idea exactly how we are going deal with these rumors.  By the way, I did not get your name, young man.”

“Why it is Barry Johansen, Chancellor.  We have met a few times before when my father came for a visit recently.”

“Yes, I think I do recall meeting you then Mr. Johannsen.  Thank you for your information.”