REMEMBER HOW

REMEMBER HOW                                                                                                                       Andy Hollifield 2-8-19

1 Chronicles 16:12 Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; (KJV)

That verse sounds really good until you get to that last part because we don’t like to hear about God’s judgments. There is another way to look at the Lord’s judgments. What about all of those times when we were deserving of judgment but God remembered we are dust in Psalms 103:14. Psalms 79:8 “O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.” I am so thankful for all those times when I was guilty as charged and deserving of God’s judgment but instead he remembered his tender mercies to me.

Sometimes, it wasn’t even for sins. But God remembered me when I was brought very low in Psalms 79:8. The cares of this life have a way of bringing us down if we don’t saturate ourselves with things pertaining to God. It’s those times when everything that can go wrong does and you wonder “What’s next?” There are times when life is like the game “Whack A Mole.” Every time we poke our head up, we get socked up side of the head again. Have you ever been there? If you have, was that where it all ended for you? Not if you’re reading this it didn’t and if you are taking your turn being the mole right now, I have good news for you. God is not going to let it all end there for you neither.

Can you remember what happened the last time you were in this type of hard place? I can tell you what happened; just like the last time and the time before that and the time before that, God’s tender mercies prevailed. His grace was sufficient for you as always and you soon realized that, just like he said he would be in Jeremiah 15:20-21, “And I will make thee unto this people as a brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and deliver thee, saith the Lord. (21) And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.” Do you remember how he delivered you the last time the wicked rose up against you? Those times when it looked like there was no way out, no hope for a satisfactory ending, and maybe you had even lost the desire to go on, do you remember how he brought you out? The wonders that he done and all of the marvelous works that he performed just to save and deliver you from the hand of the terrible.

Sometimes, his deliverance doesn’t come like we are looking for it. It may even look and feel like another trial. I remember how for going on 18 years, I had endured trouble on my job. Having experienced better days, it got to where I just dreaded going in to work. It was one of those micro-managing situations that looked good on paper but wasn’t grounded in reality at all. It got to the point where it would affect my home life, what little homelife I was able to have. It was making me into a hard callous person that I didn’t like being. Here I was breaking myself down trying to do my best to help the company make money and it was never good enough. I know a lot of you have been there or going through that situation now. Regardless of how much I prayed, it was almost like God wasn’t listening. I was hurting more physically every day and growing more frustrated mentally with every day that passed.

On June 23, 2011 God delivered. It was by no means a chariot and horses of fire. That was the last day I worked on a public job. I went out, after years of putting it off, to have a hip replacement. I didn’t clean out my locker because I had every intention of going back in about three to four months. I had the surgery and things went great at least the first week. I got home and the next week I was back in the ER. Thanks to some of the sloppiest stitching on an incision that I have ever seen, I had got an infection. If that wasn’t bad enough, a few weeks later, I got up one day and couldn’t hardly walk. Back to the doctor again only to hear “Let’s give it about six more weeks and we may have to go back in.” Definitely not what I wanted to hear. After that visit, it was come back in ten weeks and an offer for a note to go back to work. I couldn’t walk, how was I supposed to go back to work climbing in and out of trucks and trailers all day? The doctor, even after being told that my insurance would be suspended by the end of the year, took that opportunity to run me out of insurance so I couldn’t get it fixed again. I couldn’t go back to work and I definitely couldn’t get another job. Talk about between a rock and a hard place, I was.

The year ended with me being officially let go from my job and still having a bad hip and knee. Over the next year I had to resign myself to the fact that I was going to likely lose everything I had spent my life working for. That don’t sound much like deliverance does it? God provided through a number of churches, my mom, and a number of friends. I didn’t lose anything, finally got approved and started drawing. I now had time to not only be Mister Mom but to also devote more time to H.O.P.E. Ministries. I remember my pastor at the time I started the ministry, Rusty Rector, asking me just how far I wanted the Lord to take it. I remember answering that I would like to do mission work full-time but that would never happen. Boy was I wrong!

The moral of this story isn’t that God let me down, but quite the opposite. He actually gave me that full-time ministry I had worked so hard for. It began to grow by leaps and bounds and the devil continued to fight harder and harder. He eventually got my knees and my shoulder repaired. At some point I realized that God had delivered me but just not in the way I was looking for. Through that entire ordeal I saw first hand some of God’s marvelous works that I would have never dreamed of. Be careful what you pray for, God just might let you have it. Think back in your life at some of the things God has done for you and remember how. When you realize how blessed you are, it won’t be any trouble to you to remember how. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

 

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