Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Power Of God's Word

Sally is one of the residents in the “old folks home” (I know, “old folks home” is politically incorrect but I don’t care about being PC and it is a home for old people). She is not a Christian but she has an interesting story and a new-found interest in God. She claims that she died not long ago and was carried off to heaven. The story has all the familiar parts; the white light, the image of “Jesus” standing at the gate as she is approaching, the sense of peace and overwhelming love, and so on. But here is a new twist that I have not heard before. Sally claims that God said to her, “You think you know me but you really don’t.” So He turned her around and sent her back until she learns who He is.

Ever since that alleged event, Sally has been attending our Sunday services, listening to our sermons, and spending lots of time in her room reading her Bible. And when she comes out, she often has some special new insights or revelations about God.

OK, so I am very skeptical about her experience. And I find myself wanting to argue or refute most of the inaccurate or nonsensical ideas that she is forming about God. But I have decided to hold my tongue for a while. I know that arguments will not be productive. I just listen politely, smile, and encourage her to keep reading the Bible.

At this point she is on a quest to “know God.” We will continue to preach the Gospel, answer any questions she may have, and pray that God will reveal Himself to her.

I guess I take a great deal of consolation in God’s promise in Isaiah 55:11, regarding His Word. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”


Ron Livesay said...

Absolutely. God's Word will do the work, even if the early conclusions are skewed by her past experiences. This kind of openness is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit and God's "drawing" of the sinner to Christ. Cornelius may be the prime biblical example of someone who is "seeking" because of being "drawn."

Daisy said...

I like to think God has a sense of humor & a love for surprises. He is not limited to my idea of evangelism, which we can all be "eternally" grateful for.