During this season of initial Bible reading, Fran brought over a few teaching tapes by Pat Robertson on the topic of prayer. On one of the tapes, Pat Robertson noted that many Christians have a misconception about prayer. Many Christians believe that prayer is their opportunity to convince God to do things their way. Pat Robertson taught that prayer was the believer’s opportunity to let God convince the believer to do it His way. It seemed to David that since God was perfect and knew everything, His way had to be even better than any human’s way. So, on Saturday, May 21, 1983, he did something that surprised even himself.
Pam and David were on the way to a wedding ceremony. As they drove, David turned to Pam and said, “Are you ready for a shock?”
With a lead in like that, Pam didn’t know what to expect. That’s the thing about a shock. It’s very hard to predict. Lately, life had thrown a few shocks in her direction. Unconsciously, she moved ever so slightly closer to her passenger side door.
David continued. “If I am going to be a Christian, I want to be the best Christian I can be. Therefore, if God wants us to have children, I shouldn’t be the one to say no!”
WHO. IS. THIS. MAN.
Pam was utterly flabbergasted. She literally had no response.
The Hebrew word “shub” translates to “repent” in English and means to “turn back, return”.
Shub is used in Ezekiel 33:11 (translated to “turn, turn”):
Say to them: “As I live,” says the Lord God, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?”
David’s heart was in the midst of an incredible turn. His newfound interest in the Bible had opened his eyes and his soul to new truth. His former life was beginning to fade, like a scene in a rearview mirror. His willingness to even consider having children was evidence of a transformation. He was no longer the person Pam had married.
Even more miraculously, he was a first-generation Jew who believed and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
His verbal declarations mirrored the promise found in 1 John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Axel, I want you to remember this date. It’s a critical pivot in our family history.
May 21, 1983 marked a day of turning, of repentance. Of salvation.