Weekly Thought – June 11,2019
Fred believed in the sovereignty of God. His acknowledgement of God’s overarching power and control was a fact of life for him. It did not allow him to shirk his human responsibilities, however. He was wise, discerning, and hopeful. He was pragmatic, intellectually astute and bottom line, as well.
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Too Strange for Arithmetic
I got a call from a church on the West Coast where I had spoken for many years at their annual men’s retreat. By this time my physical condition didn’t allow me to travel. They wanted me to do a call which would be broadcast to the audience. Over these years I had built a very close friendship with the group and appreciated this effort.
The retreat was in the mountains. When it came time for the call reception was very spotty. They had multiple technical difficulties with the entire telephone system. Even though their sound men were first class, the retreat center would not help them by letting them use the camp’s phone setup and lines. Without a line they were unable to achieve the conference call which would make this work.
The camp told the church that the lady who lived across the road complained about everything they did and didn’t want to upset her by the use of a temporary generator.
Just as the technicians told the hosts it was impossible a man and his son walked in to register for the retreat. His job was with the phone company! Strangely enough, they had gotten off work, driven up in the work truck which contained all the necessary tools, and spurs for climbing the pole. But the neighbor was still standing in the way.
They went across the road and asked if they could use her phone line for a brief call, explaining the relationship between the group and me – as well as telling them about my being bedbound.
She graciously invited them in, agreed to what they wanted, gave them lemonade, and hugged them when they left. Mission accomplished. When they called me I could hear them clearly and the sound guys said the transmission was top notch.
So many things happened against the odds that we knew the Lord got the credit. Many times His work defies human mathematics. Since then I have seen other occurrences to the point that those around me talk about events being “beyond arithmetic.”
Non-believers may call these “coincidences,” but we who understand the sovereignty of God see them as evidences of His active presence in our everyday lives.
This week think about: 1) When have I had a “beyond arithmetic” experience? 2) How quickly do I acknowledge the hand of God in my day to day? 3) What can I do to trust Him more this week?
Words of Wisdom: “Many times His work defies human mathematics.”
Wisdom from the Word: “Acknowledge God’s power, his sovereignty over Israel, and the power he reveals in the skies!” (Psalm 68:34 NET Bible)