LIVING ON PURPOSE: God sees, God hears, God knows
By Bill Holland
The God of the Bible is not only the creator of all things, but He also has the ability to see everything at the same time, and to know everything from the past and the future.
One of His attributes is being omniscient which means He understands everything including where you are, what you are going through and what you are thinking. John Bunyan, who wrote “Pilgrim’s Progress,” was visited by a minister in prison and he told Bunyan, “Friend, the Lord sent me to you, and I have been searching for you in half the prisons in England.”
“No, that cannot be,” Bunyan said. “For if the Lord had sent you to me, you would have come here at once, for He knows I have been here for years.”
God loves you more than anything and has a beautiful plan for your life. The Bible is filled with God’s promises such as this one found in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Today, Christ wants you to know that He knows where you are, and is waiting for you to trust Him. Remember, Jesus talked to His father in the Garden of Gethsemane when He was struggling with accepting His fate of dying for our sins.
He also had a moment on the cross when He thought His Father forgot about Him. He said these words as He hung on the cross: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) However, His heavenly father had not forgotten about His only begotten Son. God had a wonderful plan just like He has an incredible destiny for you.
A minister of a church named “Almighty God Tabernacle” told this incredible story.
It was on a Saturday night when this pastor was working late in his church office and as the normal routine his wife always wanted him to call her before he left for home.
It was not unusual for him to burn the midnight oil as it was a perfect time to spend some quiet time praying and writing as this way the message would be fresh on his mind for the Sunday morning service.
That particular evening around 11:30, he called his wife, but for some reason she was not answering.
He let it ring for probably 20 times and thought it was very odd that she didn’t pick up. He decided to wrap up a few things, turn out some lights, and that he would try again in a few minutes. This time when he dialed the number, she answered right away.
He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she confidently replied this was the first time it had rang all night.
They were both puzzled, but brushed it off as maybe an error in the phone system and he locked up the church and came home.
The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office.
A young man introduced himself and wanted to know why someone with this phone number had called him on Saturday night. The pastor could not figure out what he was talking about and kept saying that no one from this location had made a call at that time of night.
The man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.” The pastor finally realized and apologized for disturbing him, as he must have dialed the wrong number when he was trying to call his wife to tell her he was on the way home.
The man said, “That’s perfectly all right, I just wanted to tell you the whole story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, God, if you are real, and if you do not want me to do this, please give me some type of sign now.
“Suddenly, my phone started to ring and would not stop. I finally looked at the caller ID and it said, ‘Almighty God.’ I stared at it for a long time and tears began to fall down my cheeks. I’m calling to tell you that I broke down at that moment and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I now believe with all of my heart that God wanted to save me. I know that He loves me and has a purpose for my life.”