TITLE: The Undeniable Result (Part 2) 12/23/15
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Today, they have two adult children who follow Christ, and a Bible teaching and mentoring ministry that encourages others to make godly decisions. I am one of the hundreds who have benefitted from them sharing their scriptural insight. The Kams are examples that trusting and obeying Christ results in successful relationships multiplied a hundredfold (Matthew 13:23).
They celebrated their 50th birthdays surrounded by a large number of family and friends, and reflected on God’s blessings that exceeded their desires. They will admit to many struggles along life’s path, but wholeheartedly agreed that they would not live any other way than “God’s way.” The undeniable result is this—there is absolutely nothing that trumps a harmonious marriage, family, and community life.
“Wait a minute, this is too unbelievable, Jean waited seven years!?,” you say? “Who would wait seven years for someone, not knowing whether they may or may not become a couple? And then after becoming engaged, wait two and a half more years for her fiancé to complete his foreign missionary work before getting married! What red-blooded male would wait for marriage to hold a woman’s hand!?”
Israel, the patriarch of the Israelite nation, worked seven years for Rachel before her father would allow them to marry. According to Genesis 29, Israel considered the seven years of work like a few days because he loved her, and he even worked another seven more years to secure Rachel as his wife because his father-in-law, Laban, was not forthright about the initial betrothal agreement. After Israel served Laban for seven years, Laban said, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this daughter’s (older daughter Leah) bridal week; then we will give you the younger one (Rachel) also, in return for another seven years of work.” Israel became extremely rich and powerful after he married Rachel.
Ron and Jean’s period of serving the Lord before they came together was like that of Israel’s period of serving. It seemed like a few days compared to the riches and joy they share as a couple.
Sincerely following Christ means making choices that are opposite of what most people choose. Godly choices may be met with disbelief, mocked, or misunderstood, but you cannot deny its invaluable result. The Kams are living proof of that doing things God’s way results in an overflow of blessings funneled through them into the world and through generations.
There may be few people who pursue God like Ron and Jean do, but He leaves remnants, threads of His legacy in every generation. The Kams story positively influenced Katie’s decision even though they have not met. As of this writing, Katie is still delighting herself in God and trusting Him to give her the desires of her heart. Nancy said, “Katie is an inspiration to me. Instead of holding bitterness toward her father who abandoned her, she forgives of him. Instead of blaming God that she didn’t have a fairytale life, and running wild in this world, she understands the superior value of following Him. It’s because Katie knows that she has a heavenly father who is faithful and who teaches her to be faithful.”
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