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*The Dungeon of Doubt*

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The Dungeon of Doubt

by Max Lucado


Some time ago, I took my family to the bicycle store to purchase a bike for five-year-old Jenna. She picked out a shiny "Starlett" with a banana seat and training wheels. And Andrea, age three, decided she wanted one as well.

I explained to Andrea that she was too young. I told her she was still having trouble with a tricycle and was too small for a two-wheeler. No luck; she still wanted a bike. I explained to her that when she was a bit older, she would get a bike, too. She just stared at me. I tried to tell her that a big bike would bring her more pain than pleasure, more scrapes than thrills. She turned her head and said nothing.

Finally I sighed and said this time her daddy knew best. Her response? She screamed it loud enough for everyone in the store to hear:

"Then I want a new daddy!"

Though the words were from a child's mouth, they carried an adult's sentiments.

Disappointment demands a change in command. When we don't agree with the One who calls the shots, our reaction is often the same as Andrea's-the same as John the Baptist's. "Is he the right one for this job?" Or, as John put it, "Are you the one? Should we look for another?"

Andrea, with her three-year-old reasoning powers, couldn't believe that a new bike would be anything less than ideal for her. From her vantage point, it would be the source of eternal bliss. And from her vantage point, the one who could grant that bliss was "sitting on his hands."

I can't believe that God would sit in silence while a missionary is kicked out of a foreign country or a Christian loses a promotion because of his beliefs or a faithful wife is abused by an unbelieving husband. These are just three of many items that have made their way onto my prayer list-all prayers that seem to have gone unanswered.

Rule of thumb: clouds of doubt are created when the warm, moist air of our expectations meets the cold air of God's silence.

If you've heard the silence of God, if you've been left standing in the dungeon of doubt.you may learn, as John did, that the problem is not as much in God's silence as it is in your ability to hear.

Max Lucado
ministry@maxlucado.com

Send Max an e-mail and let him know what you thought of his story!

"The Dungeon of Doubt" is from Max's book: The Applause of Heaven 1999 by Max Lucado (Used by Permission)


With more than 28 million books in print, Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times -- 1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name.

Max serves as the pulpit minister of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.

You can visit his web site at:
http://www.maxlucado.com


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Thought For The Day:

"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." --Larry Lorenzoni


Verse for the Day:

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." --Psalm 90:12


Kid's Thought For The Day:

"When in doubt order a hot dog."


Parent's Thought For The Day

"Having a baby is like taking your bottom lip and pulling it over your head." --Carol Burnett


Coach's Thought For The Day

"There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self."


Writer's Thought For The Day:

"You are not a hundred dollar bill. Not everyone is going to like you or your story. Do not take rejection personally." --Meg Cabot


Deep Thought For The Day:

"Next time you pass my house I'll really appreciate it."


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REQUESTS:

Dear Michael

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for sending out the prayer request for my mom.  It has been a truly uplifting experience knowing that people all over the world were praying for her recovery. The operation went smoothly and she has been given the green light to go home several days earlier than predicted.

Have a blessed weekend.

Sincerely
Bridgett
bmaart@uwc.ac.za



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MICHAEL T. POWERS
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"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
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