Our God will never leave us or forsake us. When we are in despair He will send help when you least expect it. This was the case on Tuesday morning.
I was getting ready for the morning broadcasts on Facebook when something went wrong with the equipment. I quickly dealt with it and had everything ready for the 365 Degrees of Gratitude session.
I went live on time and quickly delivered the message and came off. No one came on at the time but I was undeterred. I intended only to be on for 10 minutes max. When the broadcast was finished, I was pleased to see that I maintained the time. I was also pleased as pie with how the message was delivered.
Then I decided to review the video. Now this is not something I normally do. As it may keep me on Facebook far longer than intended. I was shocked to find there was no sound. I had not bothered to double-check that before going on. I just assumed it would be well. That was never a problem in the more than 300 broadcasts done before. This should be easy. Wrong!
I attempted four other broadcasts and a number of different tests and could not fix the sound problem. Then I decided to switch from the Soldiers on the Wall page and do the live broadcast on my profile.
While everything was happening, I kept my cool. I would normally stress about it. Major tempter fits would be thrown but I resolved never to be anxious about these things ever again. So I just kept saying “all things work together for the good of those that are called according to the purposes of God”. Over and over I did this.
The first attempt did not go well. I was now an hour late for the broadcast. I did not bother to hide the tests. So people came on. I typed the dilemma. And someone suggested that I restart the equipment.
“Why hadn’t I thought of that? That is standard troubleshooting procedure.” I scolded myself.
“All things work together for Good. Lord I know you can work all things out for my good. Delay will not hamper the broadcast.”
After the restart, I went on and delivered the message under the leading of the Holy Spirit. Then felt lead to pray for everyone. As I prayed the Holy Spirit called a name to me and told me to call the person after the broadcast.
I called immediately after the broadcast. God had me deliver a word of encouragement for her and the entire family. She wept and rejoiced at the goodness of God.
“Man of God, I needed this. God only knows how much I needed this”, she said, at the end of our conversation.
If I had not persisted and done the broadcast how I normally would this lady would never have been reached. God knew she needed a word of comfort and encouragement in that hour. He knew her heart. Every hurt and pain was spoken to. God provided hope in the midst of despair.
God provide hope in the midst of despair
I know we have our agenda. Time is very important but we must ensure that we are patient. When something goes wrong it may not be the work of the enemy. God may be rerouting us so a life may be saved.
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]. What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us? Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:28-39, Amplified Bible Classic)