When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).
I have watched God’s Word manifest into reality over and over again in my life. Just the other day as I sat in funeral for a woman I didn’t know, but was kin to my wife; I watched a prayer I always prayed everyday while I was in prison manifest itself once again in my life. Every night before I went to sleep I would pray that the Lord make me to be at peace with my enemies. For those who may not know, I spent over eight years in prison for manslaughter. All the details can be found in my book Convicted: A True Story: My Life After Death or on my About Page at http://www.larrygilkey.com. I prayed this prayer every night because when the tragedy causing my imprisonment happened, I received a great deal of death threats a long with threats on my wellbeing. Although no real attempts were ever made at my life, I spent my prison sentence with one eye always focused over my shoulder. Before I go into the incident which happened the other day at the funeral, I want to revisit the time when I first saw my prayer become reality.
Towards the end of my prison sentence, I came across a guy who didn’t know me, but was dedicated to the neighborhood he came from. Word had been sent to him from the outside to basically attack me. Prison is a very small place and word travels fast, so I already knew he wanted to get at me if ever given the right opportunity. He also made it very clear with the mean looks he gave on every occasion we crossed paths. However, it didn’t really bother me, and I was prepared to protect myself.
One day we happened to be in the cafeteria at the same time. After I finished my dinner, I sat at his table and let him know how I felt about the situation. I basically let him know that I understood he wanted to tear my head off, however; both of us were very close to going home which would make a confrontation between us stupid on both our behalf. I explained how I was sure he had a family who loved him and wanted to see him home as soon as possible, and so did I. Therefore, if he disliked me that much for reasons he really didn’t have the full truth about, then, I would be more than happy to handle our feud on the streets. Evidently, I made a valid argument because he didn’t react in a violent or threatening way; he just gave a subtle nod. I simply got up and walked away.
About two weeks later he ended up getting moved to my dorm. When I saw him walk through the door with his belongings, I figured it was only a matter of time before we ended up fighting. However, by the grace of God, we actually sat down like men and discussed the reason why he didn’t like me. Needless to say, he ended up becoming a very good friend of mine. He let me know the guys who had told him to hurt me and who to watch out for when I got out. He ended up getting out a year before I did. Nevertheless, when I did eventually get out of prison and ran into him on the streets, he still honored the friendship we developed before he left.
Each time we see God’s Word come alive in our lives, it grows our faith just a little more than what it had previously been. It helps us to believe and trust in God just a little bit more. Let’s face it; we’ve all had our doubts at certain points in our lives as to God’s Word and its authenticity. Most of us don’t start off in our faith just believing whole heartedly in His Word or His abilities to perform everything He promised us, his children. Well I am here to tell you that His Word is the absolute truth and will do everything it says it will do if only you can believe. The other day I witnessed just how powerful praying God’s Word can be once it is rooted in your heart. To be continued……….