After my post yesterday, this is was in my email this morning. Booga? No, just another confirmation that He is here with me, you, all of us. What a great story about Dan.
I Still Have Everything…
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
– 1 Corinthians 4:7-10
God is with you. Isn’t that just typical of what a pastor would say? I figured you might be thinking that. God is with you, brother. And you too, sister. But what does that really mean? How does that really work?
Meet Dan. He’s a faithful follower of Jesus in our church. Until a few months ago, Dan was a senior partner at one of the world’s largest global investment banks. Dan worked there for 25 years and was very successful. The company was solid, blue chip year after year, with multiple billions in capital. Dan didn’t have a whole lot to worry about until this year…
Did you ever see the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life? Remember when everyone ran to the bank to withdraw their savings because they heard that the bank was running out of money? Everyone rushed to the tellers, shouting and demanding their cash. The whole bank would collapse since everybody wanted all of their money the same day.
That’s what happened to his company in 2008. Over the course of the year, and then finally over a couple of days, their stock value plummeted, people “ran the bank,” and the company collapsed. One day Dan and his colleagues were solid and stable, and a couple dizzying days later, they were bankrupt. All completely out of their control. Dan lost everything.
That’s so sad, you might think. How’s it going for Dan? The surprising answer is great. He’s full of joy and praising the Lord. Unbelievable! I’ve been on the phone with him several times in the last two months. He’s filled the presence of the Lord. He says, “James, my heart goes out to the people around me. They’re collapsing at their desks in tears. They’ve lost everything.” He said, “But I still have everything. I have the Lord! The Lord is on my side. The Lord is my Helper. I will not fear what man can do to me” (Psalm 118:6). Dan is going around his dying company, sharing the Lord with people in their darkest, most desperate hour.
Now how can you explain that? I’m telling you: The Lord is with him and that story isn’t finished yet. Dan is finding, as you can, that you can put your whole weight down on God’s great and precious promise that He will always be with you and it will sustain you.
From “The Weekly Walk” by James MacDonald