It is the Lord
In the kitchen my wife was caring for the children and silently suffering with me.
For days now I had been tramping about in need and had now become, spiritually, hopelessly bogged down. ‘May I ask the Lord to give me a special word in such circumstances?’ asked my weary soul. ‘Or would that be ‘Christian soothsaying?’ – and yet…and yet had not God met His children in this particular way when they were at their wit’s end and dazed by the attacks of the deceiver?’
With trembling hands I opened ‘Daily Light,’ the little volume bound in green leather. Still wondering whether I might do it or not, I yet did it.
At the bottom of the left hand page I read the words, ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ ‘Is this by chance? Or am I stumbling into sin now? Have I become a religious fanatic?’ ‘That is a word by Paul to the Philippians,’ said a mocking voice from somewhere. ‘What has that to do with the finances of the Bible House?’
Once more dark hours followed. But the light broke in again eventually. With it came courage to do it once more, asking Him to lead and to give a definite word.
In utter amazement I stared at the open book. I read once again, ‘My God shall supply all your need….’
Had I perhaps previously left the book open in that particular place? Definitely not, for the word is in the middle of the page.
I now opened the book deliberately and determinedly at the back, ‘Lord, don’t be angry, but I must get through this gloom and anguish.’
There, written on the right hand page: ‘My God shall supply all your need…’ I repeated it for the fourth time – but this time I took up the Bible and read the first words that met my eye. Yes, mysterious, but true enough there it was again, ‘My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
Ever since that day I have had an especially soft spot in my heart for my ‘Daily Light’ and the beautiful English Bible. Whenever the burden seems unbearable I return to this word, ‘My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
One day a dear friend sent a gift enclosing a small card on which he wrote. ‘Read Philippians four verse nineteen.’ Curiously I turned to my Bible. ‘I wonder what it says there. I have no idea.’ As I found the text I felt instantly ashamed. How could I have forgotten that reference? The words to which my friend had directed me were: ‘My God shall supply all your need…’
When, later, I recounted this experience to a dear brother, Captain Dobbie from the headquarters of the African Evangelistic Band, he said, ‘Brother, you simply must put all this on record. You owe it to the Lord’s children.’
In fact, so struck was he by this obvious moving of God that he sat down with his pocket knife and carved in wood the words: ‘Hath He spoken, and shall He not make good?’ Yes, shall He not, indeed?