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God Left
by Jeff Baldwin
03/08/03
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God Left

2 Chronicles 32:31
“God left him to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”

I’ll never forget the November afternoon of 1997 that Goliath stepped out of the annals of biblical history, and into our doctor’s office. Goliath's come in many different shapes and sizes I’ve learned. My wife was expecting and I was pumped to say the least. As the nurse was doing the ultrasound, she paused as she was doing measurements for our new daughters head. She did a double measurement I noticed, and a third. I had a gut check as she left the room to seek a second opinion from the doctor. As she did her review, she sadly explained that our daughter had enlarged brain ventricles, and that it is serious. She explained that we would need to go to a specialist immediately to further evaluate the problem. Of course, we had no idea of the giant we were about to encounter. I’ll never forget sitting in the lobby and watching a young couple come out of the doctor’s office in shambles. Absolutely devastated to say the least. It’s not every day you see a grown man cry to exhaustion in a public setting.

I’m reminded in scripture of a man by the name of Jairus in Mark 5:23 who was also having a “Goliath Moment.” He states, “ My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live. So Jesus went with him….” It just so happens that as Jesus is redirected through a town toward Jairus’s house, that a women with an issue of blood crosses His path. Could it be that this unclean, uncelebrated women’s prayers were heard, therefore redirecting Jesus toward her? Could it be that she was so light headed and weak from her blood loss, that Jesus had to get within arms length, because anything less, would have resulted in failure of touching Him? Could it be that God allowed the death of Jairus’s daughter to bring healing to another? Ultimately Jairus’s daughter was healed and the story ends well. Unfortunately, not everybody’s story ends as incredible as this one. Or does it?

Our daughter was born, and died 7 days later on June 8, 1998. Her memory is fresh, and our families grieved as we. Her grave very real. She was an amazing little girl! She fought her Goliath and won, our battle remained. What I’m about to tell you is nothing short of a Jairus miracle in our home. Two years later, on the exact same day Hadley died, our second daughter was born – June 8, 2000. Call it what you will, but Goliath fell that day, and a resurrection took place in our hearts and lives. But only by a death on the other side of town, could Jesus be redirected within our arms length. See, he heard our prayer and new our strength was about gone. He’s always within arms length, we just have to reach.

2 Chronicles 32:31 “God left him to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”


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