A testimony can be a powerful thing. I remember being young, maybe 4 or 5 years old, and sitting in the evening service at the church I grew up in. My favorite time was during the praise service, when people would be invited to stand up share what God had been doing in their lives. I heard so many accounts of God’s provision in the form of healings, financial needs met, family members who had no interest in God turning to Him. It was an encouraging time, and I know that even at that young age, it left an impression on me.
Around the time my husband and I were entering into full time ministry, God brought two new friends into our lives. They proved to be amazing mentors, encouraging us with testimonies of God’s faithfulness to them over their years preparing for and entering into His call on their lives. They were obedient and made some changes, took some steps of faith, and I was in awe. It seemed so exciting to hear how they experienced miracles of provision! I looked at my husband and said, “I want stories like those, to share with others, to encourage people!”
At the time it wasn’t really registering that in order to have those wonderful accounts, you had to actually experience situations that required much faith. You would have to be okay with not being able to figure out the answer to your problem with human experience. You would have to leave every detail up to God and trust that He would actually meet every need because He says He will. No alternative plans.
Think for a while about all of the accounts in the Bible that we read in their entirety. We see that God did give Abraham and Sarah a son. We see that God provided a lamb to take the place of that son when He asked for Abraham’s obedience in giving up said son. We see that God did indeed send a flood after the ark was built, even though there had never before been rain. We see that Joshua won the battle of Jericho, that David killed Goliath, that God freed His people from slavery, that He led them into the land flowing with milk and honey. We see that He did send the Saviour of the world as a baby born of a virgin. But in the midst of those circumstances, those people, who are just like us, had to chose whether or not to trust God. We have the testimonies of those faithful people.
Looking at just one story, Mary’s, how must she have felt? To know that she was pregnant, not married, and had to expect people would believe that she was carrying the One they were waiting for? It was a time when being with child and not married was just not accepted. Think of how Joseph must’ve felt to be the one she was to marry, what would people say? These two young people had the promise of God but not everyone would’ve believed that. We see how it all turned out but to live through it would not have been easy. Luke 1:42 says, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear.” But I wonder if Mary felt that she was blessed during the whole pregnancy or if she may have had times when she felt terribly along, ostracised?
After my ‘I want stories like those!’ declaration, I was definitely obliged. I went to a women’s conference one year and the speaker talked to us about the power of our experiences. She asked a question that seemed rather harsh at the time. “The things you’ve gone through, have they killed you? Because if you’re still here, pick yourself up and use that to help someone else.” I thought about that long and hard. I don’t think this in any way minimized bad circumstances, I think it’s the only way we can turn what the enemy meant to destroy us and use it for the glory of God. The things we’ve gone through are truly our testimonies of how much God does for His precious children. Just like you and I have been encouraged by the experience and strength of someone else, WE can do that for others.
So, when God provides for your need: a physical healing, a spiritual breakthrough, does a supernatural “God thing” in your life- don’t keep it quiet! Pass it on! Your testimony might be just the thing someone needs to hear to increase their confidence in the One Who can do the impossible!
Revelation 12:11 says, “They triumphed over him by the blood the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”