Me: Hey, how is your day at the beach?
Prodigal: I wish I knew someone who could take me to that private island over there….
Me: Well, let me tell you about my inside friend Prodigal.
What could we do if we were a friend of Bill Gates? It doesn’t matter at this point if you like Bill or not(because I am sure that is what has formed in your mind as you read his name). You have to agree that he has enough power, money and connections to allow us to go anywhere in the world safely and meet with a lot of the most interesting people in the world.
Imagine just one weekend. I can see me now! A private island for the weekend? This is no problem for Bill. He will put you on his fastest most secure jet and have you there in a couple of hours. On the way you will have all the electronics you need with the finest food. Who is with you? Well anyone you choose from your family to your closest friends. What will you do on the island? Boating, jet ski, fishing, pool, volley ball, lounge chair with a good book? Not a problem at all for Bill Gates.
Guess what? My friend can do better because, my friend is God! Do you think of God like he is Bill Gates? My guess would be yes. You think of God as, a distance someone who is out there, someone who is doing his own thing or someone who was big in the past but not now. Someone who can never be close to you, who would never help you, who does not ever notice you. Or maybe like Bill Gates you know he is out there, but you are just mad at him and just don’t plain like him.
The truth is if you get closer to God, he can protect you better then any alarm or soldier. He can provide any vacation and give you the peace to enjoy it. He has connections with all sorts of people including NFL football players and movie stars. He can also give you an ear to vent your frustrations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and never say he is too busy for you. If only you could really see some of what God does around the world present day. In fact hear is a quick story to give you a glimpse of Gods power.
The Reverend John G. Paton, pioneer missionary in the New Hebrides Islands, tells a story of his life on an island. Hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters one night, intent on burning the Patons out and killing them. John Paton and his wife prayed all during the terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see that , unaccountably, the attackers had left. They thanked God for delivering them.
A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Jesus Christ, and Mr. Paton, remembering what had happened, asked the Chief what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them. The Chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men you had with you there?” The missionary answered, “There were no men there; just my wife and I.” The Chief argued that they had seen many men standing guard-hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords in their hands. They seemed to circle the mission station so that the natives were afraid to attack. Only then did Mr. Patron realize that God had sent His angels to protect them. The Chief agreed that there was no other explanation. Could it be that God had sent hundreds of angles to protect his servants whose lives were endangered?
How is God working in your life? How is your prayers with him? Do you believe he can do this in your life?
Me: Prodigal I believe 100% that God can do this for me so in my life everyday I have an” inside friend” with more power then you could every image!