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Topic: Whine (05/23/13)
TITLE: The Man in the Purple Robe
By Shanta Richard
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There are times in life when defeat, fear, failure and pain can break a man’s spirit and force him to wallow in self-pity and whine in despair and dismay. Even in the Bible there are stories of great men who at one time whined. Moses whined when God called him to save the Israelites. He had murdered an Egyptian and he was scared to face Pharaoh. He pleaded and whined that he had a speech impediment and could not speak fluently.
In the belly of the fish, Jonah whined pleading with God to save him from certain death. When the angel of God called Gideon a mighty warrior and told him to fight the Philistine army, his whining reply was, “Me, a mighty warrior? Have you forgotten that my clan is the weakest and I that I am the runt of the litter? What makes you think that I can save Israel?” But God changed all these whiners into warriors. Through them He worked out his plans for men’s salvation.
On the other hand there are stories of heroes who have stood the test of trials and temptations, and who have been persecuted and imprisoned, beaten and tormented, humiliated and broken in mind and body. They have persevered in hope and faith, refusing to bow down and whine and whimper. Job, David and Paul are a few of these warriors.
Today there many who are following in the footsteps of that man in a purple robe. Joni Earickson Tada is one of them. As an athletic teenager, she had met with a freak diving accident that left her an incurable quadriplegic. Prolonged and painful therapy coupled with the feeling of hopelessness and uselessness could have produced deep depression and left her whining in dismay. But she learned to smile through her tears and to use the faculties that she still had to sing and proclaim God’s love. All over the world disabled and paralyzed people have been and are being blessed and encouraged by her message of hope and courage.
Nicki Vujicic is another one. He was born with no arms or legs. His response to his predicament is, “No limbs, No limits.” Countless people hear his testimony on TV and over the internet and are encouraged and inspired.
Then there is Dave Roever, who was injured in the Vietnam War. A phosphorous hand grenade had exploded in his hand destroying his face and hands. He did not let that cripple his spirit. Today he is an evangelist sharing his faith with wounded veterans and disabled people.
What makes these heroes to rise above their tragedies and brokenness, like a phoenix over ashes? I imagine that it is the vision of that thorn- crowned Man in a purple robe facing a hostile and unruly mob with awesome dignity that can only be from God,Almighty.
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