THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011
JUST BEFORE VICTORY
by David Wilkerson
If you are experiencing confusion, pain, and suffering, it may be that God is
working things out for you in his own way. It is most often the sovereign work
of our God unfolding a master plan known only to Him. Through all the suffering
of God's people, He is at work. The miracle soon follows the confusion.
Study your Bible and you will discover these same patterns in the lives of all
of God's people. In case after case, when God began to fulfill His promise, the
roof seemed to cave in first!
Think of Daniel and the three Hebrew children. They gave themselves to a life
of holiness and separation from the world and all its pleasures. Daniel pledged
himself to a life of prayer, tears, and intercession, but what did that get him
and his three Hebrew friends? Testing just before victory!
You don't go from the prayer closet to some mountaintop victory—you go to the
lions' den. You don't go from consecration to a life of ease and blessing
only—you go to the fiery furnace. These men were not afraid to face pain and
suffering, because they knew it always ended in God having his way. Through
lions and red-hot furnaces to God's perfect will!
Think of Elijah. God gave him a glorious promise of a spiritual awakening in
the land; of an outpouring of abundant rain; of a new day of victory for God's
people; and the overthrow of Ahab and Jezebel. But look at all the confusion
that broke out after the promise was given. Jezebel threatened his life,
chasing him into hiding in the mountains. Wicked forces killed the prophets of
God and the land continued in wickedness and drought. In fact, the Word of God
seemed like a hoax.
Can you imagine how confused Elijah must have been? “What kind of answered
prayer is this? I'm left all on my own. Where is the Lord? Has His promise
failed?" And all the while God was doing exactly what He said He would do. The
confusion would soon pass and the answer would be forthcoming.
Christ left His disciples a promise that could have seen them through all the
confusion and pain, but they were too broken up in sorrow to remember. He had
told them: "After I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee" (Matthew
In other words, "Don't try to figure it all out. Don't question the time of
confusion. It's not your battle. God is at work! When this is all over, I will
still be going before you. Your shepherd will still be there." What an