by Larry Burkett
Psalms 4, 12, 20, 25, 32, 38
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded" (James 4:8).
"I'm sorry, Mr. Burkett. Your son is listed as DOA."
This is the news I received several years ago when my son was in a serious automobile accident. I was out of town on a speaking engagement when the news came. I was shocked--stunned actually--but I can honestly say that the peace of God surpasses all understanding. I knew God was in control and I could trust Him--totally.
My wife Judy and I spent the next 73 days in the hospital with Dan, who was in a coma while his body went from crisis to crisis. The longer the crises extended, the more I was convinced of the truth in today's Scripture verse: In order to have faith we cannot be double-minded. We must be willing to follow Christ and be used as He decides.
I also realized that I had fallen into Satan's most subtle trap: fearing the loss of what real ly belongs to God anyway.
The doctors and nurses did their best and never quit trying to save Dan, but it was God who made the final decision.
Dan woke up. God spared my son, not because he was ours but because He wanted to show Himself strong to us and because we were trusting and relying solely on Him (read 2 Chronicles 16:9).
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