Every day, a woman stood on her porch and shouted, “Praise the Lord!”
And every day the atheist next door yelled, “There is no Lord!”
One day she prayed, “Lord, I’m hungry. Please send me groceries.”
The next morning she found a big bag of food on the stairs. “Praise the Lord,” she shouted.
“Ha! I told you there was no Lord,” her neighbor said, jumping from behind a bush. “I bought those groceries.”
“Praise the Lord!” the woman said. “He not only sent me groceries, but he made the devil pay for them.” Found in Reader’s Digest
“And so,” the speaker concluded, “God will always provide for your needs, explain His will for you, and give you peace.” At our divorced/widowed recovery group, she had just related her glowing story of divorce and God’s care for her…money in the mailbox, direction and divine peace, in spite of her dire financial situation while raising children. I spoke to her, and expressed gladness that it had worked that way for her, but noted that it wasn’t always that smooth and clear for some others, including me. She squinted at me past her halo’s glow and stated, “Then you have a LOT to learn, honey!”
Her ex tells good-humoredly that he paid her $1000 a month alimony — the best money he ever spent!
WE CAN SEE “IT” ANY WAY WE WANT.
But what about quoting the Word accurately and not misrepresenting God?
If we aren’t sure what is the exactly, specifically, technically, perfectly, doctrinally, theologically, formally, denominationally right, letter of LAW….
…why not err toward love, peace, patience, gentleness, wisdom, common sense, compassion, intelligence, safety…….LIFE!
Really, what will be lost if you quote deliverance verses to an abused person rather than admonition verses, and don’t take a hard enough line with the Word of God????
Nothing, because he/she may live and believe long enough for you to discuss it again later.
Even better, he/she will live and believe long enough to discuss it with her Savior in a place of safety.
How simply Christian is that?