Jeff's Answer to Prayer
I received the following email from a young adult...
“God is good Pr Dan, He has done many wonderful things in my life, the fact that I get to freely go to church on Sabbath day is a blessing. I have no source of income at present, but He provides me with food, clothing and shelter. I never had money to finance myself to come to this country to study, but somehow God opened the door for me. God has been good to me, my brother and parents. I am grateful to God for providing my needs. Philippians 4:19 ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
I am a student and want to complete my studies as soon as I can, but I am so stuck on one subject that I am not able to get rid of, and keeps me from finishing my degree and getting a job, through which I can be God’s light shining for Him in the workplace, to use my talents and abilities and skills to glorify God in all I do. All I pray is for God to use me and lead me each and every step of my life. Even if the burden is too heavy and I am not capable of carrying it. Knowing God answers prayers and how much He loves each and every one of us, encourages me that He will surely carry me through.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 ‘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.’”
I later received this correspondance...
“I have been busy applying for graduate jobs that seem impossible to get, but they are possible with God’s help when our goals are aligned with God’s plan for our lives. I am encouraged in this regard by several things God has recently done for me.
A while back I had a final university exam on financial management theory & practice, which I needed to pass in order to obtain my degree. Because the exam fell on the Sabbath day, I was unwilling take the exam on that day for it would have meant dishonouring God. So I applied ahead of time to get the exam date deferred.
School administrators told me my request had been denied. Needless to say, it was a tough time for me. In the end, however, on the Friday afternoon before the Saturday exam date, I received mail stating that my request has been approved and that the next date would be decided after the university final results came out. It was an answer to prayer, however I was weak in faith for if I did not pass the exam I would have to return to my home country. But God is good. He has a plan for each one of us, and discovering that plan increases our faith in Him.
Once again, after a long month of waiting and making inquiries, I was given the new exam date, which was two weeks before the exam results were due.
I prepared as best I could and submitted the exam to God. At the exam I opened the exam paper and was shocked to discover that the exam questions were different from what I had prepared for. Glancing through the paper, I realized I was unable to answer even one question in the way I wanted. I did what I could for two hours, but only three sheets of answer papers were filled out, and tears began rolling down my face. Where had the questions come from? I asked God how it was that I had thoroughly studied the subject and yet was unable to answer even one question.
In the midst of all this, I heard a voice saying, “Write all you can.” I obeyed. I spent the remaining hour writing two more pages on practice and theory.
Then I prayed again, submitting the paper and the degree to God, asking that the exam would somehow be for His glory and that it would serve as a witness to the other students who had been negative on my decision not to take the original exam on God’s Sabbath.
After another long month of waiting I received the results. Once again I was looking in disbelief, for it said that I had passed the exam and obtained credit in the unit.
This was definitely God’s intervention, for it was the hardest class I was taking, and the exam covered items that I didn’t feel I knew anything about. But I obeyed the voice and wrote out the additional pages. As a result I passed the subject and completed the degree.
God had a plan! In the end God was glorified despite the impossible, for He made the impossible possible!
1Peter 1:6-7 ‘Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.’
Matthew 6:8 ‘Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.’