by Joyce Johnson
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Testimony inspired by Psalm 37:25
While flicking through and reading many notes (thoroughly refreshing) written in my notebook; I read a brief testimony I had written dated 4th March 2008, inspired through the words (Psalm 37:25). From the testimony, as I read the verse, an overflowing dam of memories, of the Lordís goodness poured over me. Lord, this is true - I have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread. God is faithful.
Looking back, through many dangers, toils and snares I had already come Ė but it was his grace which kept me sane in tact, this is real in my life; I mean, through every negative experiences I have had and they are many, but God, the keeper and great provider was very close at hand.
Like David, I can say that I have not, nor had my children during their formative years begged for bread, despite being a single mother theyíve always had enough. My parentís kindness had seen to that without me asking them. Naturally, there were close Christian friends who had supported me in many ways. Now my children have become adults and their children also, are recipient of the blessings of God without acknowledging it; the Lord has blessed and protected them, they have skills and income besides many other blessings. I am still praying, ĎLord Jesus, let them see your goodness and lead them to repentance.í
I know that because God is faithful all my offspring will return to him and acknowledge the faithfulness of God, he keeps his promises to a thousand generations, all my children will be taught by him and great shall be their peace.
I have had a promise from God through a particular Scripture which has been my continual reminder of Godís promises. Within months of being saved, without knowing or being able to find Scriptures except scrolling down the contents page, God directs me to Isaiah 54, that passage spoke about my present incident, I could relate to it. I was a young woman forsaken by my husband, I had least children than his mistress, but God promise to be my husband, Wow! I have lived trusting in him to be a husband to me, and a Father to my children all these years, and he has.
I know that the word of God is not for private interpretation Ė but one thing I do know all the promises of God are for his children to take hold of, and abide by its instructions. Godís word has kept me as I hold onto his promises.
In retrospect, I really canít cease giving thanks to my heavenly Father and listen to his word of life; which he gave his daughter during those times of distress when I was just getting to know him. I had to take his word and held onto those promises, and one by one I am seeing them fulfilled.
I have found down through the years God had kept, provide and healed me; He has miraculously moved against negative attacks on my body even against the doctorís diagnosis; because I am fearfully and wonderfully made by him.
I am so grateful to the Lord Jesus for saving me when he did; categorically, not for a moment, I have regretted being a Christian. I have been knocked down, had many disappointments, pains and sorrows, yet my precious Saviour sustained me, and has kept me drawing closer to him daily.
Yes, I have known the roller coaster rides of highs and lows, and say ĎGod, where are you, I feel so alone, empty and dryí but never ever would I exchange this so great a salvation. Christ is the answer, know him and weíll know real life. I could go on and write pages of my experiences about Godís goodness, but words would not adequately describe this wonderful, loving Father who delights to give good gifts to his children.
So my prayer is that the Lord would breathe on this testimony, and renew hearts thatís facing any adversity, please let these experience push you towards him and not away from him. Please, run to him! He is the Father of light, there is no shadow of turning with him great is his faithfulness. What he has done, and is doing for me, he can do it for you. God bless
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WOW ! For the most part, i feel like you have written about my life. This really hits home and a wonderful reminder. I just sit here and smile with tears at the goodness of GOD !