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11/21/20 Weekend Grif.Net – Trusting Through Trouble

11/21/20 Weekend Grif.Net – Trusting Through Trouble

Along with =
four other women, Elisabeth Elliot waited by a short-wave radio for what =
must have seemed like an eternity, listening for a message from their =
husbands, who had taken a flight into hostile Indian territory.  =
The young couples had been trying to reach the Auca Indians in Ecuador =
with the gospel.

 

When no =
message was received, a search party was sent out after the men, and =
eventually the dreadful  truth was discovered.  The young =
missionaries were found lying face-down in the river, killed by the =
poisoned lances of the Indians.

 

This terrible =
happening had not been on Elisabeth’s agenda.  She and her =
husband Jim had been looking forward to a missionary career =
together.  Now her whole world had crashed around =
her.

 

Elisabeth =
discovered she had a choice.  She could resign herself to the =
situation and return home with her young daughter, or she could ask the =
Lord, “In what redemptive way can You use this?”  =
Elisabeth chose to trust God to do something positive with the =
negatives.  And she decided to become part of the =
action.

 

She and her =
young daughter, and Rachel Saint (Nate Saint’s sister) bravely set =
off into the jungle and found the tribe that had killed Jim and =
Nate.  The women were well received, and allowed to make their home =
among the Indians.  After the Bible was translated and the gospel =
shared, many in the tribe turned to Christ.

 

Later, Nate =
and Marge Saint’s daughter Kathie was baptized in the river where =
her daddy had died.  Truly God had used that particular situation =
in a redemptive way!

 

God wants US =
to buy up the opportunities that come our way as we learn to TRUST HIM =
and to use the troubles as a springboard for =
action.

 

Trusting God =
brings a certain element of hope to our hearts – a confident =
expectation that all is not lost and that there IS something redeemable =
in the most awful situations.  This trust is a tenacious spiritual =
insistence that God can be trusted, not only to be totally and =
thoroughly aware of our dilemmas, but also to be in control, and already =
taking eternal measures to work out His eternal =
purposes!

 

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Dr Bob Griffin =

bob@grif.net =
www.grif.net

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"