|GOD KNOWS YOUR NUMBER, WHEREVER YOU ARE!
Folks, I've used this article some years ago,
but I'm repeating it because it's so amazing that I'm repeating it, in case you missed it!
I’ve heard many stories, but a book I read by Evangelist Ken Gaub left me amazed.
He had a bus he used to take his family along on his revival tours.
Even the most Godly men
get depressed. The Bible tells of David, Elijah, Moses and other top men who got "down in the dumps."
Well, Ken Gaub tells of one of their trips across country in the bus…a time when his wife and kids asked him to pull
off so they could get a sandwich. He took the next exit he came to, not even noticing where he was. And when the
family got out, he was too depressed to go with them...just sat in the bus. He talked to God about conditions and how
useless he felt and how his work for the Lord didn't seem to be doing any real good. He went on and on....
But finally he decided to at least get out of the bus and walk up and down to stretch his legs, and as he passed a pay
telephone booth, the phone rang. There was no one near, so it kept ringing. Finally, to get it to stop, Ken stepped
in and said "hello?" And the telephone operator said "Is this Ken Gaub?"
the hair on the back of Ken's neck must have stood up like mine as I read this. Ken said "There must be some
mistake..." But the operator was insistent..."This call is for Ken Gaub...are you he? Is this his office?
And Ken stammered and stuttered as the operator became even more persistent, and finally in unbelievable
exasperation said "well, yes, this is Ken Gaub, but..."I have a call for you" and the voice of a sobbing woman
came on the line..."yes that's him, operator...I believe that's him!" The caller blurted, "Ken
Gaub, I'm Millie from Harrisonville, Pennsylvania. You don't know me, but I'm desperate. Please help
me. I'm about to commit suicide. I just finished writing a note and while writing it, I began to pray.
I suddenly remembered seeing you on TV...
While I was writing, numbers began to come to my mind and I wrote them down
and I decided to call. I can't believe I'm talking to you. Are you in your office in California?"
Ken said "Lady, I don't have n office in California. My office is in Yakima, Washington.
She said "Oh really? Where are you now?" "Don't you know? Ken responded...you made the call."
And she said "but I don't even know what area I'm calling...I just dialed the number that I had on this paper."
Well, the lady gave her heart to the Lord and the suicide idea was forgotten. And Ken
Gaub realized that God knew where he was! And He has your number and mine!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.