July 15, 2019

I thought God had not kept His promise

Roger Simms was hitchhiking his way home and would be a date that would never be forgotten. The date: May 7. His heavy suitcase made him tired and he was anxious to take off his Army uniform once and for all. Flashing the hitchhiking sign to the oncoming car, he lost hope when he saw it was a black, sleek, new Cadillac. To his surprise the car stopped. The passenger door opened. He ran toward the car, tossed his suitcase in the back, and thanked the handsome, well-dressed man as he slid into the front seat.

“Going home for keeps?” the driver asked.

“Sure am,” Roger responded.

“Well, you're in luck if you're going to Chicago.”

“Not quite that far.  Do you live in Chicago?”

“I have a business there.  My name is Hanover.”

After talking about many things, Roger, a Christian, felt a compulsion to witness about Christ to this man who appeared to be in his 50s and apparently a successful businessman. But he kept putting it off, till he realized he was just thirty minutes from his home. It was now or never.

So, Roger cleared his throat, “Mr. Hanover, I would like to talk to you about something very important.” He then proceeded to explain the way of salvation, ultimately asking Mr. Hanover if he would like to receive Christ as his Savior.

To Roger's astonishment the Cadillac pulled over to the side of the road, and Roger thought he was going to be ejected from the car. But the businessman bowed his head and received Christ, then thanked Roger saying, “This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”

Five years went by, Roger married, had a two-year-old boy, and a business of his own. Packing his suitcase for a business trip to Chicago, he found the small, white business card Hanover had given him just five years before. 

In Chicago he looked up Hanover Enterprises and a receptionist told him it was impossible to see Mr. Hanover, but he could see Mrs. Hanover.

A little confused as to what was going on, he was ushered into a lovely office and found himself facing a keen-eyed woman in her fifties.

She extended her hand. “You knew my husband?”

Roger told how her husband had given him a ride when hitchhiking home after the war.

She asked, “Can you tell me when that was?”

Roger replied saying, “It was May 7, five years ago, the day I was discharged from the Army.”

“Anything special about that day?” she asked.

Roger hesitated.  Should he mention giving his witness?  Since he had come so far, he might as well take the plunge.

“Mrs. Hanover, I explained the gospel. He pulled over to the side of the road and wept against the steering wheel and he gave his life to Christ that day.”

Explosive sobs shook her body and after what seemed like a few minutes, she composed herself, she spoke through her sobbing and said, “I had prayed for my husband's salvation for years. I believed God would save him.”

“And where is your husband, Mrs. Hanover?” Roger asked her.

“He's dead,” she wept, struggling with words. “He was in a car crash after he let you out of the car. He never got home. You see, I thought God had not kept His promise.”

Sobbing uncontrollably, she added, “I stopped living for God five years ago because I thought He had not kept His word!”

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Even in that extreme case, God was faithful and He will be faithful to us too! Rest in Him. Trust Him. Serve Him. Believe Him. He is who He claims to be, and He will do all that He has promised to do. He is The Faithful God!

The greatest thing that you can remember concerning the faithfulness of God and what He has done for you is when your sins were atoned for on the cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on.

The greatest promise that God can give to a person who repents of their sins and who puts their faith exclusively in Christ alone is the promise of eternal life.

Who are you praying for to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? God is faithful.

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