Thursday, July 21, 2011

OUR DEPENDABLE ADVISER

I don’t give financial advice—but I am in touch with the world’s one and only dependable adviser! For every question I have on any matter, my trusted adviser has an answer. He has been with our ministry since the very beginning. When we moved our offices back to New York City, he moved with us. And he has directed every real estate transaction we’ve made here. He helped us buy the historic Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway, where Times Square Church now holds services.

Yet he’s not only our financial and real estate adviser, he’s also our attorney, family adviser, counselor and travel guide. Indeed, he guides us in literally everything we do and face. The last time I talked with him (which was this morning), he assured me he would continue to provide steady guidance for us throughout the coming difficult times. He told me we had nothing to worry about.

Best of all, my adviser doesn’t mind if I call him every day and at any time during the day. My adviser encourages me, “You don’t have to worry about a thing. I’ve been through these kinds of things many times before.” It is amazing to see throughout the Bible that time after time, in every kind of crisis, God has always been intimately involved with his people.

The Lord was involved with David, the psalmist, when he fell on hard times. David returned home with his army to Ziklag and found his town reduced to ashes by a band of raiders (see 1 Samuel 30). David’s home had been destroyed and his family taken captive—there was nothing left. Everything he worked for—his cattle, his furnishings, his possessions—were gone. David had no one to turn to in that moment, as his own soldiers were ready to stone him because they blamed him for leading them into battle and leaving their loved ones unprotected.

Scripture says David turned to his adviser (and mine): “David inquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all” (1 Samuel 30:8). David followed his adviser’s counsel—and he did recover all!