One afternoon, at a hospital in East Africa, I was preparing to bathe a 6-year-old cancer patient named Henry. To my astonishment, beneath the sick child's shirt was a filthy rag tied tightly around his waist. Henry's mother explained, "Our village healer put it there to drive away evil spirits so Henry will get well."
Having spent several months assisting children in the pediatric cancer ward, I had become friends with many of the their parents, particularly Henry's mother. So I asked her, "May we remove this rag and instead ask Jesus Christ to heal Henry?" "Yes," she replied.
For the next several weeks we prayed for Henry as he underwent chemotherapy. Amazingly, subsequent tests revealed that his cancer had gone into remission. Henry's mother and I rejoiced and acknowledged that God "is the only God. There is no other!" (Isaiah 45:14).
In the days ahead, you will face challenges that leave you wondering where to turn for answers. In those difficult times, remember that God wants to reveal Himself to you and through you.
Take comfort from the words God spoke to King Cyrus, "I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you" (44:21). "I will go before you . . . and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. . . . I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness, secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord" (45:2-3).
God equips us: "I have equipped you for battle, though you don't even know Me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God" (45:5-6).
He does the work: "I am the Lord, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things" (vv.6-7). Amen. , Roxanne Robbins, Our Daily Journey
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