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I read a chapter of Proverbs every day. Whatever today’s date is, that’s the chapter I read, and there’s always something in there for me that day. The one that stopped me today was Proverbs 16:4 –
The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” 

Wow. What is that supposed to mean? There’s another scripture in Isaiah 45:7 that says, I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”  There are some other Scriptures in the Bible that can really scramble your theologies about the nature of God if you stop and think about them.

Now, I’m not a genius but I’m smart enough to realize how stupid we are. There are a whole lot of things that I don’t think we will every grasp in their entirety until we get to the other side. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13, it is as if we are looking through a glass darkly – we can’t see clearly – but when we die we will see things the way they really are.  Isaiah said it even better when he said, And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.” (Isaiah 25:7).  There is a veil over our eyes, a covering that keeps us from seeing things the way they really are in the scope of Eternity.

(Sigh) It seems like the more I learn, the less I understand.  But Voltaire once said that to know that you know what you know, and that you don’t know what you don’t know is wisdom.  Yeah, I get it. We really don’t know, do we. We just think we know.

But one thing I do know is that God is really real – not just as a theological idea or a point of belief or doctrine to be argued over, but real, as in more real than real. I’ve had a lot of supernatural experiences with God and I know a lot of other people that have also.  Maybe not everybody gets to hear God speak out of the heavens, but it does happen.  And it is not all that uncommon.  And then there are visions, instant healings, and other sorts of miracles.  I’ve seen this stuff with my own eyes.  And I have heard Him speak to me.  I would never have believed if I hadn’t.

But I get a little reticent when speaking about this stuff because a lot of people have not experienced things like that and I’m always afraid they will start looking at me narrowly if I mention them.  As if to say, “You know, he’s really a nice guy, but he’s just a little nuts.”   Sorry, but why should I be afraid to mention these things?  I mean, I didn’t do them to myself, and by golly, there’s a lot of other people that have had the same experiences, so why, as Paul once said, should it seem a thing incredible?  If God can raise the dead, why can’t He speak?

All I know is that God really is real.  He’s there.  And no, I don’t understand how or why God created evil … but He says He did, and that’s good enough for me.  It says in that same chapter of Proverbs that the highway of the upright is to depart from evil and that he that keeps his way preserves his soul.  I guess that’s all I really need to know.

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28)

 

 

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Nyayo stadium is an area which is about 2 kilometers from Nairobi central business district where there is a junction with two intersecting roads. During busy hours, which are usually in the mornings, midday and evenings, traffic jams are the order of the day. Near the junction is a park where all sorts of people rest. Some are jobless and having nothing to do while others are just there to take a break from work. This is a harvest field.

I start preaching to a young man who claims to have been born-again and as I continue preaching to him, I find that he reads he prays and reads the Word occasionally. He appears to be someone who is backslidden, but however much I try to convince him that he is not near God, he is not moved. This is a soul who is not aware of his calling, so I encourage him to go before the God and ask Him what his talent is but he must repent of his sins first.

Near this young man is another soul who receives me without resistance. I believe the Lord had prepared this soul because it did not take long for him to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior. To God be the glory.

I board a public transport vehicle for Mlolongo- the sin city. While in Mlolongo the spirit of the Lord leads me to a group of six street boys sitting next to a smelly dump-site who are very filthy and I am reminded of Matthew 22:9 which commands us to go into the highways and as many as you find, bid to the Marriage.  One of the boys seems to know the Word of God and starts challenging me on the Word. He even starts talking about the Star of David and from the way he is talking I realize he is not normal. Days later, I realized that this guy could have been demon-possessed and that I should have prayed with him in order to cast out the demons inside him. At the end of the witnessing session, four street boys receive Christ; however, the abnormal one sees no reason to receive salvation.

Brother Pius

 

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