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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: Who is in Control of a Crisis?


For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them] (Mark 11:23-24).

When my wife, Jo Ann was diagnosed recently with having a very severe brain tumor, it was almost as if I were going to lose control. But something kept me holding on when the fierceness of ďrushingĒ thoughts, and a tremendous fear of losing my wife attempted to slam into my soul. At that point, it felt as if I were going to die from the distress that tried to weigh me down.

The good news of this scenario is that I didnít give in to the painful emotions of my horrendous circumstance. I had to get a hold of the fact that God is in control, even in the face of what APPEARS to be certain doom for the one you love. I made my way out of the little counseling room where the doctor had given our family the dreaded prognosis. But something in me just couldnít accept it, because after all, they had been wrong about this sort of thing before!

Anyhow, I made my way out of the room, and made a decision to grab hold of faith. Iíd be lying to say it was easy. The first thing I did is I went out of the room and provided a word of encouragement to my wifeís youngest daughter, who became very emotionally distraught at the dreaded word from the doctor, ďA major brain tumor!Ē

I went over to my wifeís daughter and wrapped my arms around her and said these words with all the compassion I could muster, ďHave faith in God.Ē Then I went to the hospital chapel and wept before the Lord, and said, ďLord, donít let me go through this, yet even now my soul magnifies you. Even in this will I praise You! I refuse to charge you foolishly.Ē Then I made a commitment to the Lord that Iíd not give up. I told the Lord that I donít believe itís His will for my wife to die. I knew in my heart this wasnít denial. I knew enough about Godís Word, and the promises Heíd made to my wife and me to know it just isnít her time. And you know what? Even if it were the time for Jo Annís departure, my soul would still magnify the Lord, because Heís the author of life, not the destroyer of it.

You may be asking, ďHow can you know for certain that itís not her time.Ē Well for one thing, ďreligiousĒ rationalization canít help one figure out these things. My friend, itís faith: faith in what Jesus did at Calvary. I know there is those who say miracles have passed away, or arenít relevant today. Again, thatís religion talking, and not the truth of Godís Word. There no proof in the Bible, without twisting scripture, nor is there sufficient proof in church history to support such a notion. Well you may ask, ďWhy doesnít God heal every believer?Ē I donít know! I just know that faith works; even faith to see a loved one raised up off their death bed. Jo Ann is not on her deathbed, but she was as much as given a death sentence.

To date, all of Jo Annís symptoms have disappeared, and we have radically changed our lifestyle. Jo Annís and my commitment to Christ and God are stronger than it ever was, because outside of Christ and the cross of Calvary, there is nothing to turn too. My strength is not in my own ability to cope, it is Godís ability in me. He is my comfort and my strong tower. I know if we hold on to Him, He will come into the midst of any horrible crisis and take total control.

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John Telgren02/16/06
I always enjoy personal stories of how God has worked in your life. However, I concur with Bob and David on the rational v.s. faith issue. The world accepts a definition of faith that makes it something beyond reason, as if it is some metaphysical power that has some sort of force in itself. Christians, to some extent, have bought into that same definition. "Christian" faith is based on rational truth as God revealed it. When Paul visited the synagogues, he didn't merely share a good heart felt story, the text says he "reasoned" with them.