Wolfgang Simson was scheduled to speak to church leaders in Cairo, Egypt at 5:45 P.M. His contact arranged for a taxi 45 minutes ahead of schedule and gave the cabbie the address. Thirty minutes later they arrived but it was not the right place. The only Arabic Simson could speak were the words for left, right, straight ahead and counting from one to ten. The German knew he was in trouble and quickly prayed for help. God answered immediately telling him to prophesy to the taxi driver. Simson protested, “Lord, I-I’m Lutheran and I don’t even know which direction it is.”
Again God told him to prophesy. So he ordered the cab driver “Alatuhl!” (straight ahead). At each corner or alley he gave instruction. Sometimes he said, “El-Shemahl!” (left), “El-Yameen!” (right) as he strained to hear the Holy Spirit’s promptings. It was as if Isaiah 30:21 came to life, “and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: ‘This is the way, Walk in it.’” In 15 minutes taking shortcuts only a veteran driver could know, they arrived at the meeting house. The cabbie recognized divine work and refused to take a fare.
Genesis 15:6—Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
In Genesis 12:1-3, God asked Abram to leave his land and relatives to move to the place God would show him. God promised to make him into a great nation and to bless him. His wife Sarah was childless and Abram could not see how a family yet alone a nation could come from him. So he told the Lord a slave from his household would be his heir. But God said this was not to be the case, for he would father his own heir. Now the amazing thing is that even though Abram and Sarah were old and well past the age of having children, Abraham believed God. When Isaac finally was born, Abraham was 100 years old!
God credited Abraham’s faith as virtue and as we know mightily blessed him. The Bible is awesome because it gives us insight as to how God views us. So here’s the question. Are you willing to trust God when He asks you to do what you believe to be impossible? If you will answer “Yes!” not only will you see your faith strengthened when the Holy Spirit prompts you, you will build your credit! If we think God is done doing the undoable then we have a shabby concept of His power. Never shortchange God. He wants to draw people to salvation and He wants to use you in the process. He wants to grow your relationship with Him and that growth is accelerated by your willingness to leave your secure haven and step out in faith obeying His leading.
Wolfgang acted in faith without a clue where to go. What will your story be? You may not birth a nation but be sure you will deliver a Father-glorifying account that establishes your righteousness as you believe. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
A man’s real belief is that which he lives by.—George McDonald
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
James Rutz in Mega Shift, ©2011 WND Books