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Who Would Have Thought?
June 2, 2014By Ed Wrather

06.02.14

 

For with God nothing will be impossible. - Luke 1:37 NKJV. 

 

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” - Mark 10:27 NKJV. 

 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. - Hebrews 11:6-7 NKJV. 

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. - Romans 10:17 NKJV. 

 

In the UK, 50% of those surveyed take photos of their food. Nine percent do so every day! I’ve noticed on facebook it does not matter where people live because people from all over the world take pictures of their food. Birds Eye, a large frozen foods company, has decided to take advantage of this obsession that we have with our food. The result is “The Picture House” where you can take a photo of your food, upload it to Instagram, and eat for free! No Joke! It’s true! Take a picture of your food and it’s free! It is also great advertising for Birds Eye. Who would have thought that you could ever pay for the food you eat by taking a photo of it? Amazing! (Mailonline 06.02.14) 

 

The Picture House made me think of some other things that are mind boggling. Who would have thought that crazy guy building the enormous ship on dry land was right? Noah probably took a lot of criticism right up to the day the rains came and kept on coming. Who would have thought a man sold into slavery by his brothers would eventually become the second most powerful person in Egypt, and probably the world, and save his family? Who would have thought that 80-year-old Hebrew guy hiding out from the Egyptians and herding sheep would lead a couple of million of his people from slavery to freedom? Who would have thought marching around the city of Jericho blowing horns, and shouting would make the walls of the city fall down? Who would have thought the 85-year-old Caleb could still fight battles against giants (Joshua 14) and win? Who would have thought the Christian persecutor Saul would become the apostle Paul? 

 

There are so many stories in the Bible that boggle the mind and we have to think that the people during the time they occurred were saying, “Who would have thought…?” I can look around today and say the same thing about some great, but unknown servants of God and say “Who would have thought…?” I talked with a man last week who said that while in prison he started a Bible study with three men and ended up before he was released with 27 men in his Bible study. He is still attempting to reach people for the Lord in whatever way that he can. There are several young men and women today that while I was their pastor I did not have high hopes for, but who are now living their lives for the Lord.

 

Not even I would have thought that I would someday preach the Word of God and that people across the entire world would read my words. Who would have thought…? The mother of a fellow classmate of mine while I was growing up once told my wife that she thought I was the least likely of any in my class to become a preacher. It is likely that many others have thought the same thing, but have not said it. There was very little indication in my early life that God was calling me. However, I was having long talks with God long before I invited Him into my heart in a pastor’s study in Oklahoma City. Unknown to me I had a great aunt who was praying that I would be saved and that I would not miss God’s call as her husband believed he had missed his call (She was praying the same for my son, Clark, after he was born). My parents and others knew about her prayers, but no one ever mentioned it to me until after I had publicly announced that God had called me to preach. What is God calling you to do? I am praying that you will not miss His call upon your life!


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