God still speaks today
Having been a 24 year old student I got invited to a wedding. I didn’t have a date but my mother felt I had to go because I was to meet my wife there. I laughed – that was the last laugh, because there I then met my wife, Stephanie. We have been married for 17 years today. On the day of our engagement I asked her to read in her devotional to see what God thinks of our engagement. On that precise date the heading is: “It is not good for us to be alone – I will make him a helper and a partner”. What more can I say?
I’m a city slicker and not very handy. My dad used to be available for help should something go wrong. But then they moved away. That evening I cried before God and said: “Dear Lord, I don’t have a father any more. – I need Word that You will look after me”.
That evening I read Psalm 32:8. The Lord says: “I will keep an eye on you”. Shortly afterwards the water pipe in my house broke. My father was not there but I had Psalm 32:8 and God was true to His Word – a friend came and quickly fixed it. God is faithful.
I worked in prison as a social worker and in 1997 I felt called by God to become an encourager – once again I went to the Bible and asked God to give me Word. I read Acts 4:36: “There was a man, Barnabas, son of encouragement”. I told God that I was shy and could not speak well. Again He gave me Word there in the jail where I worked – Exodus 4:11-12: “I opened your mouth, I’ll talk through you.” It now is almost 20 years later and since that day God helped me to encourage thousands of people.
The story does not end there. I was busy with my Doctorate and after a year did not make progress. One morning I cried before God: “I’m anyway not bright enough to get a doctorate, Lord; I didn’t even get a distinction in matric. O Lord, give me Word please”. I opened my Bible and read Ephesians 3:20: ”He who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. I reminded God of this every time I got stressed out. Today I am Dr Danie Rossouw. Yes, God kept his Word.
God did not always provide in the way I hoped for. My wife and I were already married for 15 years and we tried hard to have children, but nothing worked. We kept on praying and trusting God. Today we have a wonderful little boy in foster care. God listens to our prayers and hears when we ask.
105Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.