God Knows Best

Monday, August 31, 2020
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Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV 2011)

Early in our lives, we may have heard words like "Mother knows best" or "Father knows best". As we grow up, it is normal that, more and more, we start to feel that we know best.

During this time of living with a pandemic, it has changed things considered normal. Many of us are being forced to consider the sanctity of life. We must give serious consideration to the fact that our heavenly Father controls the length of time that we have here on earth. In that regard, I had a personal experience that amazed me.

In May 2015, my wife had major surgery that required the insertion of a feeding tube directly into her stomach. During June, despite the best efforts of experienced doctors, leakage of stomach acid continued to cause third-degree burns on her abdomen.

Sent home with a forecast that she had only days to live, we continued to keep her as comfortable as possible. The doctors said that nothing more could be done and that the leakage would never stop.

During this time, our granddaughter visited while on a break from her medical studies in Scotland. When told what the doctors had said, she commented, "What do they know? They're only doctors! Only God knows when Grandma is going to heaven!"

On a Saturday in August, the leakage was particularly severe and my daughter and I decided to call the doctor on Monday and ask for the removal of the tube, which would stop the leakage pain, although it would accelerate her death.

But God had different plans!

When I awoke on Sunday morning, the leakage had stopped. What the doctors had told us was impossible had became a reality. The feeding tube remained in place, and she lived for 14 more months, not just days as the doctors had forecast.

While she had many problems and strong pain during that time, she was amazing in her ministry to me, our family, the healthcare helpers, the medical staff, and all who visited.

Obviously, that August Saturday night, God decided that my wife's ministry wasn't finished, and that He wanted her to stay for more months to continue that ministry.

God knows best!

Now in the time of this pandemic, you and I might both be wondering what is going to happen with so many things beyond our control.

The advice given in today's verse is so timely. When we place our trust in the One who truly knows best, we are safe, no matter what happens!

Prayer: Dear Father, we are so thankful that You know what is best, especially when we are confused and wondering what is going to happen next. Help us to share Your love with others. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Vincent Walter <vwalter@bell.net>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Vincent!

    Great testimony, Vincent.

    Amen. God knows best, even when we do not understand it.

    Thank you for your comforting message.

    Thank you. I need in trust in God’s Will and the plans He has for my future.

    What a victory, Vincent! So glad you shared God’s power again with us today.

    A powerful reminder, Vincent. Thank you and may God bless you and your family!

    Thank you again for another inspiring devotional. And I am happy to know that you were able to have your wife with you for another 14 months.

    Dear Vincent,
    Thank you for your testimony of God’s timing and faithfulness. He is faithful to His purpose and timing.

    Hello Vince
    Thank you for this encouraging message. God bless you and thank you for sharing your life experiences with us.

    Hi Vincent, once again your devotional was so uplifting. We are so blessed to have your devotionals. I look forward to reading yours.
    Keeping you in my prayers.
    Blessings to you.

    Sorry for your loss Vincent and thanks for sharing your story with us. May it be a source of strength and encouragement for many during these difficult times. God bless you as you share the gospel with those around you and our readers. Stay safe.

    Hello Vince,
    Many thanks for another of your very thoughtful devotionals. Truly the Lord’s advice and plans are best as He oversees our daily lives. We need be so thankful for His abundant love and care of us.
    Blessings to you.

    Good morning Vince. I so enjoy your testimonials.
    I needed your message today. I am dealing with a contractor working at our Church. Every time I turn around, he wants more money. I have reached the point where I don’t know what to do next. I am so worried to do something that could possibly harm our little country Church that has quite limited funds.
    Your advice this morning gives me strength: When we place our trust in the One who truly knows best, we are safe, no matter what happens!
    Thank you, Vince, once again.

    Dear Vincent,
    Thank you for always sharing from your heart. What an encouraging story and the wisdom of your granddaughter. Your family, also, didn’t expect God to cure your wife completely but were thankful for the extra time she had with the family. Life is good if we get our priorities straight and keep our eyes on the Lord.
    As we move forward with the schools reopening, may God help us to remember to follow the safety guidelines to help keep the numbers of cases reasonable. May we think about others and not just what we might desire.
    May you continue to share your insights for us all to learn and grow.

    Absolutely true.
    Wonderful story.

    Vincent Walter,
    Thank you for another inspiring devotional.

    Hi Vincent. Your faith in Jesus shone through in your heartfelt devotional. Thank you. It sounded like the Lord gave you and your wife many happy years together…. and that you have an assurance many more years together in heaven are to follow.
    My son went to a Christian boys’ camp called IAWAH. I loved that name… In All Ways Acknowledge Him.


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