Here Come the Chariots
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2009 Nov 29
After I sent out this week's sermon called Why Is Life So Hard?, I received an email from a good friend:
"We thought this was
going to be the first time we would miss a mortgage payment and God
provided just as the Egyptians were meeting us at the water. Still no
job but I have been praying that our trials would be helping others. As
Paul reminded me a couple weeks ago when I was reading this same section
of 2 Corinthians, one more day and God is still faithful!"
That's how we all live. Some of us know it and some of us don't. The Egyptians are always closing in on us. Sometimes we can hear their chariots rumbling only a few feet away. God arranges life this way so that we will learn to trust him in desperate circumstances.
Hebrews 4:16 says that we receive grace to help in the time of need, which really means "grace to help in the nick of time."
If we weren't in
trouble, we wouldn't pray.
If we didn't pray, we wouldn't see God move from heaven.
If God didn't move from heaven, we'd be in real trouble.
It's a good thing the Egyptians are meeting us at the water's edge or else we'd never see what God can do.