Yesterday morning, we could not find our car key anywhere and my husband, Ben, needed it to get to work. We had to find it as I lost the only other key to the car almost eight months ago and neither of us know how to hot wire a vehicle. As we were hunting high and low for it, I suddenly remembered the prophetic word that Keith Hazell brought to the church last Saturday: that some who had lost things of value would find them. I immediately dismissed the thought as the key had gone missing after the word had been given, but I said a quick prayer asking God to help us find it. Almost immediately afterwards, and to both our complete amazement, Ben did not find the key we were looking for, but found the other key that had been missing for months!
Pondering the reappearance of the (long) lost key reminded me of a few things:
1. God can work in unexpected ways – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). In our limited thinking, we sawone way to solve the problem (i.e., find the lost key), but God provided another solution that was totally unexpected. Only God knows everything and when we can’t see the way out of problems, take comfort in the fact that God has things worked out in His sovereignty.
2. God’s timing is perfect. The sudden reappearance of the long lost key was no coincidence but came at just the right time. I am so thankful that our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15), including the times that will mark the end of our present troubles.
3. God turns situations around so that things are not always as final as they may look. God led us to find the key I had already accepted was gone. But, God gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist (Romans 4:17). Innumerable descendants were born of Abraham, despite his wife’s barrenness and his body being “as good as dead” at 100-odd years old (Hebrews 11:12). Like Abraham, may we not weaken in faith when faced with our circumstances and in hope believe against all hope (Romans 4:18-19).
4. God provides to meet our needs (Philippians 4:19), because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7, Luke 12:7, Matthew 6:25-34), and is looking after us day and night (Psalm 121:8). We needed one key to drive the car and God provided one.
5. God is good and gives us what we don’t deserve. Much more than the unexpected blessing of a key to get into a car, He has given us access to the Kingdom of God by His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself up for us, dying on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins, that we might be clothed in His righteousness and have eternal life.
By Lynn Ashworth