By: Tim Sader
But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Luke 11:20)
After trying hard to get a skate park built in my town to help young people have something to do; it fell through when money wasn’t available and the kids lost interest. Following back to back failures in the business and nonprofit world I was tired of things not working out. For some time I didn’t do much except read books during the week and party with friends on the weekend. That got old fast so I got busy working on a book I had started and contemplated for a while. It was a fictional story about a teen boy and his struggles dealing with disability and fear of the unknown struggles in his life. During National Novel Writing Month I took the challenge to finish my book or have at least 50,000 words when it was done. During the beginning of the month I submerged my life into my main character Wes Mathews and his fears became mine and I didn’t know why. Turns out I was sicker then I had ever been in my life and ended up taking a few trips to two different hospitals. We didn’t understand why this suddenly happened; I do have Muscular Dystrophy and respiratory complications aren’t uncommon but until then I never had them. During this time in the hospital I was reunited with my best friend Jesus and He helped me pull through. After some painful blood tests the problem I had was too much oxygen because I could not properly exhale my carbon dioxide. In the first hospital I was being poisoned by oxygen because they kept me hooked up to it. Even too much of a good thing can be bad in excess. I was delusional, my vision was blurred and people looked like giants. I was conscience but I was scared. One night I had a dream of being in a fancy auditorium. The building was renaissance-ish and much of the expanse was golden. Suddenly it opened up and flooded with light. I saw a giant hand coming down out of heaven. Inside the hand descended on me as if I were a flea. One finger seemed larger than a tall building but I was not afraid. Actually this hand was to protect me and I felt safe. This hand was the mighty hand of God and I knew it would all be okay.
While lying in that hospital bed faced with so much uncertainty I had a lot of time to think. I thought a lot about my life and the choices I had made so far. I got to thinking about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life if I’d get to live it. When we are faced with any kind of battle in life God is with us and is able to bring us through. There is no need to be fainthearted or afraid, panicked or terrified because God is with us and will give us the victory (Dt. 20:1-4). We are commanded to be strong and courageous, not afraid or discouraged because the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go (Jos. 1:9). God is big, all powerful and all knowing this is why falling into His hands can be a dreadful thing (Heb. 10:31). This is true for those who oppose Him but in my time of need there seemed to be nowhere safer than when I was under His hand. God is not restricted by size but heaven is His throne and the earth His footstool so no matter how beautiful a building it compares nothing to what He has already created. In my dream of Him I was in a grand room covered in gold but the roof came off so I could experience the finger of God. With His finger He wrote commandments on tablets of stone after he met with Moses on Mount Sinai (Ex. 31:18). When Jesus delivered a man from demonic possession the Pharisees said he did it by evil power. Jesus said a kingdom cannot be divided against its self and still stand. But if He did this by the finger of God then the kingdom of heaven has come near to us. When I experienced just the finger of God I understood that the difficulties I was facing had no power that God could not defeat. I knew that His hand was protecting me and that heaven had come to visit me so that through the difficult road of recovery I would know God is with us.
Life gets scary when circumstances move into the out of my control category but God can be a relief from those fears if we will let Him be that for us. No enemy we face can even match up against just one of God’s fingers. Enemies are not usually another person because God loves us all. The real enemy is fear and hopelessness, anything that is out to steal our life, our joy or separate us from God are the real enemies that we face. If we believe this then we know He is the solution to all our troubles.
Lord I thank you that you will never leave us or forsake us and as we learn to trust you we ask that you would give us the strength to face our greatest trials and fear. We know that you have not given us a spirit of fear so we ask that your finger would squash our fear like a bug so we can be more aware of your power, love and peace in our lives. Help us to know that you are here with us and that the reality of heaven has touched our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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