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“Axle Grim” (trouble in Dauch world)

March 12, 2008

Psalm 118:8-9  “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”

Scritptural truths to which all who know the Lord will, with one accord, shout “Amen! Woohoo! Preach it!”  Without a doubt, it is “far greater” to trust in God who is from everlasting, to everlasting, and in whom is no variance or turning, as opposed to placing confidence in the chariots of Egypt.  Yet for many, these concepts remain in the realm of theological ponderings.  It’s easy to proclaim “The Lord will provide” when everything is going smooth, the cupboard is full, and a steady income extends out beyond the horizon.  From a real-time vantage point, the institutions of flesh can appear as solid as the firmament, leaving those who depend upon them ill-prepared for the time when the realization emerges that “the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit.” 

To a degree, (probably a greater degree than I would care to admit) I’ve been able to plan ahead; knowing that a particular amount of income would be waiting for us at the end of the work week.  As such, writing about times of trying or events to take place at the end of the age have been uneventful.  It’s easy to blog about Job 13:15, Psalm 91, Daniel 11:32-35, Matthew chapter 24, and Revelation 13:7-10 when the status quo is holding up and “all’s well” in the theater of atoms.  However, when the observable institutions of sustainance begin to come apart, we then find out if we truly believe the truths from the word of God or if we’re still engaging in the realm of theologies.  Richard Wurmbrand addressed this issue like this:

“God is the truth.  The bible is the truth about the truth.  Theology is the truth about the truth about the truth.  A good sermon is the truth about the truth about the truth about the truth.  It is not ‘the truth.’  The Truth is God alone.  Around this truth there is scaffolding of words and theologies, and of exposition.  None of these is of any help in times of suffering.  It is only the Truth Himself who is of help, and we have to penetrate through sermons, through theological books, through everything which is ‘words’ and be bound up with the reality of God Himself.”

While Richard is addressing the topic of the underground church, the same holds true for any trial that we face.  Our trust in the Lord Jesus must go past rhetorical wranglings and be a confidence from the heart; that he truly is with us always and can provide a table in the wilderness.  We can rattle off scripture verses until the cows come home, but if were not throughly convinced of the truths they convey, we’ll be unprepared for upheaval.  Trials will reveal to us where we are lacking and as such, the minor trials that we face today, we should learn from and rejoice that the Lord is preparing us for the days ahead.   Those who tarry until sudden destruction comes upon the face of the earth will find no space to suddenly “become spiritual.”

Romans 5:5  “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Here’s another quote from Richard Wurmbrand and, once again, while he’s speaking of underground work, the spiritual truths apply to any situation that a saint may find themselves in; be it an intense season of tumultuous goings on, or merely a shifting of the status quo:

“The preperation for underground work is deep spiritualization.  As we peel an onion in preparation for its use, so God must ‘peel’ from us what are mere words, sensations of our enjoyments in religion, in order to arrive at the reality of our faith.  Jesus has told us ‘that whosoever will follow’ Him will have to “take up their cross,’ and He Himself, showed how heavy this cross can be.  We have to be prepared for this.”  (A link to this entire message is on the page Great Posts from Other Sites at the sixth link from the top.)

For me, a changing of seasons is at hand.  As mentioned before, our plant is in the midst of a labor dispute and I’m on the side that has to hold a “UAW on strike” sign in the middle of the night while huddled over a burning barrel.  (Only 4 hours every six days; it’s like a vacation.  I love being home)  Yet uncertainty is in the air.  The previous wage is forever gone, and it appears that American Axle CEO Richard Dauch is planning to close the two forging plants in Detroit and Buffalo.  Their product, which is shipped to plants like ours for machining and assembling into parts for GM, will now be produced in China.  The employees from the two forging plants; most of whom have far more senority than I, can transfer to Three Rivers and bump us out.  It’s a moment to find out if I truly believe all of the ominous-sounding posts that I’ve placed here over the past 18 months.

Philippians 3:15  “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”

To be one hundred percent honest, I’m rejoicing.  Rejoicing in that, while the season ahead is laced with uncertainty, it is, nonetheless, a changing of the season and a time to “be still and know that God is.”  To know that our confidence isn’t in the institutions of this temporal world, but in the living God who inhabits eternity.  (Isaiah 57:15)  I’ve heard testimonies of those who arrived at a place where they had nothing left in this world to the point of not knowing where their next morsel would come from and it became the most defining moment in their life.  Such a situation is undoubtedly unpleasant at the time; especially when an entire family is in play, but it’s an opportunity to move beyond the realm of words and into true faith in the Lord Jesus.  As the old saying goes, “faith isn’t faith until it’s the only thing that you’re holding on to.” 

Well, I wasn’t planning to post this morning, but as has been the case on so many mornings, I’m sitting at the computer while the goats are waiting to be fed.  Incidentally, the title comes from a most obscure souce.  When I was in high school, we had a foreign exchange student from Germany named “Axel Grimm” and for some reason, the name has stuck with me.  And yet I view the situation as being far from grim.  I truly believe that the Lord is placing everyone who trusts him into the place where they need to be as the end time senario is unfolding before us.  In all things, we must maintain an eternal perspective.  Whatever we’re going through or will soon be going through; it’s only for a season.  A VERY SHORT season.   I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  

http://mikeboldea.blogspot.com/2008/03/different-gospel.html   This is a post by Michael Boldea that examines the dangers of being led astray by another gospel; primarily one that causes undue confidence in the flesh.  These are times of unprecidented deception and as such, I wanted to make mention of this post. 

http://billphillips.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/the-true-story-of-st-patrick-2/  This post tells about one whom we remember every year on March 17, however know very little about.  It’s a tale of faithfulness to God in the midst of trying circumstances.

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5 comments

  1. Good attitude you have! God bless you during this time of change and uncertainty (though we have a certain God!!)


  2. Your new header photo is awesome. Is it taken from the top of a mountain peak?

    I was really taken by the article about Richard Wurmbrand. I read it a couple weeks ago and still think about it daily. He talked about having had memorized large portions of scripture but after years in underground prison, he couldn’t even remember the words to the “Our Father”. The quote you referenced above is so imperative – “The Truth is God alone”. May we all have an ever increasing revelation of Truth!

    I read somewhere else that Richard was apprehended on Feb 29th and at that time, he reminded himself that God uses the phrase “Do not be afraid” 366 times in the bible – one for each day of the year including leap year. This gave him an immediate peace about his circumstance.

    So, I will just remind you, Timbob, God says: “Do not be afraid”. He will carry you through this time of uncertainty. I pray for the Lord’s abundant blessings upon you and your family. Amen.


  3. Timbob, our prayers are with you for the Lords’ provision during this time and thse that are ahead. We know what it’s like to be without any income and wonder where the next meal will come from and if we’ll even have a home to live in, but the LORD allowed it to grow our faith.
    And HE WAS AS HE ALWAYS IS, (AND FOREVER MORE WILL BE), FAITHFUL AND TRUE!!!

    He can be nothing else for that’s Who and What He is: a FAITHFUL GOD!

    This is a time of preparation for you and your family; a time to grow and see that the Lord is good no matter what happens or what circumstances look like; He is GOOD!

    You will be tried; you will be stretched, but you will also see the God of Heaven move mountains and do the impossible. He WILL provide what you need for life and godliness; on this you can depend.

    It may not always be what you wantat the time, but your heart is fixed on Jesus so you’ll be fine. 🙂

    Enjoy the “vacation” Timbob! Soon you’ll be so busy sharing the good news and working the harvest fields you won’t have time to give the past life a second thought, let alone miss it. 😉

    Be blessed and filled with hope as you look around and ahead to the next season.
    The Lord is with you, and in you and You are safe in His capable and mighty hands!

    Continue to Rejoice!

    Susan


  4. Greetings to all. I’m in a rush so I’ll have to be fast here.

    Beverly. Thanks for stopping in and offering encouragement.

    Scotti: It’s some mountains high above the cloud cover, but I’m not sure as to which mountains. Nonetheless, when I saw it, my thoughts were launched into heavenly places. The writing by Richard Wurmbrand, I copied and kept reading through it for over a week. I think its very timely. Thanks for stopping by.

    Susan. Great to hear from you; especially knowing how hectic things are right now. I have to admit that the times of trying ahead may be a lot more in-depth than I want to think. We always like to have a physical “relief valve” so to speak and that may well not be the case long term. Thanks for stopping in.

    I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.


  5. I truly believe that the Lord is placing everyone who trusts him into the place where they need to be as the end time senario is unfolding before us. In all things, we must maintain an eternal perspective. Whatever we’re going through or will soon be going through; it’s only for a season. A VERY SHORT season. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

    Yep, I think I needed to hear that…. 🙂



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