Ever made a deal with God? I’ll admit I have. Here’s a true story from my life about witnessing.
One day while working in the tire plant, I came across a very cranky man who was known to be an atheist, and very intolerable. The timing from my perspective was quite unique, because at the time, I was taking an evangelism class in Seminary where we were encouraged to witness quite frequently.
As I came upon this man (we’ll call him Luke), I felt like God was asking me to stop and talk with him. So, here I was with a dilemma. I was on my way through the plant to the warehouse to get some work done. Using this as an excuse, I thought to myself, I’ll “make a deal with God.”
I thought, if Luke is still here when I come back through, then I’ll stop and talk to him.
Knowing my meeting in the warehouse would take at least 30 minutes, I knew I made a good deal!
An hour later, I make my way back through the plant, and guess what?
Yea . . . , Luke was right there, smack dab in the SAME SPOT where I saw him earlier.
I thought I was going to get out of this, but I did make a “deal.” So I stopped and talked to Luke. That day, I discovered that Luke had been educated in a Catholic school as a child. However, during his life, Luke had been put under trial again and again with severe family sufferings and tribulations.
He told me he no longer believed in God.
Over the course of the next few years, I had many occasions to speak with Luke. While many people avoided him at work, I was driven to follow up with him about my beliefs.
Soon, Luke began to visit me at work. I had to ask myself: why? He knew that I kept a Bible on my desk, that I was a Youth Pastor, and that I was in Seminary!
Before Luke retired, I remember many days when he would come, sit in my office, and ask “what’s the word of the day?” The first time I remember him asking this, I didn’t know what he meant. When I asked him, Luke pointed at my Bible. He wanted to know what the Word was that day (what I had read in the Bible).
Wow – talk about a turn of events! An atheist pursuing God!
And I had the blessing of seeing God work through it all. Not because I made a deal, but because I was obedient and spoke when God asked me too (well . . . an hour later).
To this day, I don’t know if Luke is Saved or not; he never admitted to it before he retired. However, I can be sure of one thing, even though I “made a deal with God;” God had a bigger picture that He was working on all along.
Because I listened and obeyed, God used me and blessed me at the same time. Thanks God, for helping me hold up my end of the deal!