Contemplating the Tyranny of the Immediate

The Eleventh Hour

William Cowper (pronounced Cooper), a man whose name you probably do not recognize, suffered mental illness, attempted suicide and was locked away in a mental hospital for a year and a half. It was the prospect, the specter, of appearing for his bar exam that caused a nervous breakdown. It was the tyranny of the immediate that broke his spirit. But, there is more to his story.

It was his study of the Bible while in that mental hospital that liberated William Cowper. He entered the hospital a hopeless mental case; he emerged a triumphant believer in Jesus Christ. He experienced the power of the blood shed for his salvation.

Practically all of us at one time or another fall prey to the tyranny of the immediate, that situation before us that threatens us whether separation from family, health issues that mark the end of your life, or imminent financial disaster.

This tyranny of the immediate bespeaks an imminent point of terror at which it appears all hope will be lost.

There was a time when I was experiencing this tyranny, the summer of 1974 to be exact. I and my young family left a good-paying aerospace position to take a new job in Dallas. But, when I arrived, the prospective employer sent me to a company doctor for a physical. The outcome was not good. The doctor said to me, “Your boiler is about to burst. [The company] will not be hiring you.” My blood pressure registered 196/96.

So, here we were. Here I was, stranded in Dallas with a pregnant wife, two small boys and no means to support them. It was a time of reckoning for me. Truthfully, I was terrified of the immediate future. What appeared to be an end for me actually marked a whole new beginning. In the solitude of our small apartment one Sunday evening, reading my wife’s red-cover Bible, I had a divine encounter with Jesus Christ that changed my life. Forever.

Overnight, my blood pressure which had always been high was suddenly 120/70 and that report to that employer made me acceptable. I went to work in a totally new career field on September 15, 1974.

William Cowper was delivered from the tyranny of the immediate and became a prolific hymn writer, writing  some of the most beloved hymns of the modern church, the one you are most apt to recognize is There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood.

The blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was shed to blot out all your sins, past, present and future. I forego deep theological discussion and instead repeat what a young Christian man said to me a few months before my miraculous deliverance: You need Jesus Christ.

Yes, there are those religious folks who will tell you how God stopped doing miracles way back there. Here are some suggestions for you.

  • NEVER reveal your problems to anyone who cannot help you solve them.
  • There is no such thing as an unsolvable problem or a terrifying situation for which there is no hope. So long as there is life, there is hope.
  • Avoid religious persons who would talk you out of your miracle.
  • Miracles don’t happen when you need them; they happen when you expect them and you are willing to move toward seeing the miracle happen.

Does God heal today? Ask the hundreds of persons who have experienced them through the Gateway Church Healing Ministry. Here is a link to testimonies by real people who have experienced the healing power of God in their own bodies and lives.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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