All Along, He had the Answer
The Lord began to deal with me about radio ministry in 1985. I began to make this a matter of prayer. I asked (Jn. 16:23); I believed that I received (Mk. 11:24); I praised and thanked the Lord (Phil. 4:6-8); and I sowed financial seed in faith (Lk. 6:38, Gal. 6:7, Mal. 3:10&11). I stood on God’s promises. A man from WITA called me and invited me to broadcast with them. He told me the costs, and I continued to believe God. The Friday evening before my radio taping, I was sitting at the dinner table with Robert and our four children. We finished eating and the children went to do other things. I began to cry, and Robert asked me, “What is wrong?” I began to share that I needed the cost of a month’s broadcast the next day, and I did not have one dime toward it. He began to laugh. I thought, “What is so funny.” He began to dig down in his coat pocket and said, “Oh, I forgot.” He handed a check to me, and it was written for a whole month’s broadcast. A family in our church had heard that I was going on radio and wanted to sow into our ministry work. You know, all along Robert had my answer.
Last week, I was in our den praying. Again, I had a need. I had asked, believed that I received, was thanking the Lord for the answer, and had been sowing my seed towards my need. I was earnestly praying in the Spirit. I looked over at my book shelf and saw a picture that my friend had given to me. It was a picture of Jesus laughing. Now, I know we do not know what Jesus looks like, and we must be cautious not to deify a portrait. I am with you on that. …But, all at once, a knowing came to my soul that all along my God had the answer. This picture reminded me that Jesus was not worried one bit over my need. He had it all under control. A joy flooded my soul, and I began to laugh and rejoice in the Lord.
Hebrews 4:15&16 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Jesus feels what you feel. He is the head and you are His body, if you are born again. In regard to the physical body, when you burn your finger, is it not your head that tells you that you are burned? Is it not the head also that tells you what to do to bring solace to your pain? Jesus has the answer for every need; for all that causes you pain. Now, because of this, we should go boldly to His throne of grace; the place that we can receive His unmerited favor and His ability. This is a place that we can receive mercy even in our failures. This is where we find His ability to help, just when we need it. All along, He has your answer.
You may wonder, “But how could He be smiling when I have these problems?” Jeremiah 29:11-14a says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you…” How could the Lord not smile when He is confident of the abundant life (Jn. 10:10) that He has for you. We often think that our praying is to get God to do something. That “something” was done over 2,000 years ago through the finished work of Calvary. Jesus said, “Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” So, who is hindering? As we saw in John 10, it is the thief; the devil. Again, we read in I John 3:8, “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might (he would) destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus did just that for you and for me. We are now called to enforce satan’s defeat through the power of God’s Word and the name of Jesus. Let us “rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). All along, the Lord has the answer. Amen! (cont.)