Wow! The favor of God is so overwhelming! So, here we are in Jacksonville, FL getting ready for several days of consultations for Susana’s Proton Therapy treatment, which you already know was denied by our insurance company but was miraculously paid for in full by the hospital.
So, just after searching around yesterday for an affordable hotel for the week and selecting an Extended Stay, I get an email from a good friend of mine in NJ. He told me that somebody in his church wants to pay for our lodging for the entire length of time that we are going to be here! He recommended that we look into the Hilton (Haha), but I don’t think that we could ever camp out at the Hilton after having lived in Haiti. I guess we’re ruined, or as stated in a radical Christian E-Zine, “Wrecked for the Ordinary.” Anyway, we are just so thankful that God has once again provided for us in ways in which we could not have imagined. May the Lord bless this anonymous giver. We are deeply touched.
Maria and I were just talking this morning as we were reflecting on our gratefulness to having the Lord with us through such difficult trials and wondering how people get through such trials without their faith being anchored in the Lord. We know that God says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” thus indicating that God can choose to heal those who do not have faith in Him and even not heal those who do have faith in Him. God is God. He certainly can do whatever He chooses. But we reminded each other that there are just so many promises in the bible that are only for those who are His children, those who love Him, and those who trust in Him. These promises are incredible. These are what enable us to persevere through such difficult circumstances. These promises separate us as His children from those who do not believe. Can God still choose to heal the unbeliever? Absolutely. But can the unbeliever stand upon such promises of, “Behold, I am with you always.”? Or, “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand.”? Or, “Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles. They will walk and not grow weary. They will run and not faint.”? Or one of our favorite psalms these days: Psalm 91
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
These are promises only for those who believe and trust in the Lord alone. These are promises from a God who loves His children with a love that is stronger than death. And it is in this love where we find such comfort and strength. It is in Him in which we are able to worship Him in the midst of such a fiery trial.
So, here we are in Jacksonville…covered by the Lord once again. He is so good to His children!!!!