How does God intervene in our lives?
Below is an interview that shows how God works his mysterious wonder. David’s powerful testimony showed how God intervenes today. But it also showed how an ordinary person (Genevieve) introduced David to the idea of actually meeting God!
How David meets God
David Bennett continues in another interview…
“Three weeks after the pub moment, I was at Tropfest, and my friend’s film came up on the screen. As I watched, I looked up to a particular star and prayed to God, “If you’re real, I need you to show me that you exist … If I’m to give it all up, I need you to show me you exist.” The filmmaker’s short had won the whole competition and I ran down to the red carpet to get an interview with her for the university magazine. She was surrounded by the Australian acting establishment and I called out to her. She turned around and came running over to me with her pineapple trophy in her hand. “David, this event is for God’s glory … I am just his servant. There are angels all around this place … God has been reminding me to tell you that he exists … you really need to know that he exists!”
I walked out from Tropfest floating. Jesus was real. He had answered my prayer directly after I’d prayed it.
That Sunday I interviewed her and I attended her Sunday church. As I entered the church I felt this overwhelming sense of God’s presence and I spent the next six months weeping in church services and as the music played, lifting my hands in true worship to God. My whole story was littered with undeniable coincidences and God’s confirmation. I had met the love I had been searching for all through my life.”
Genevieve the Evangelist…
Genevieve was at the Pub.
The Pharisees said, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2: 15-17
Genevieve exuded a loving presence to David.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”. Colossians 4:6
Genevieve was compassionate, her faith was not just superficial, but active; she had made a movie about understanding those with disabilities.
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
Genevieve was up front about her reason for producing the movie.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
By answering ‘God’, rather than Jesus, she was trying to connect with him and get on his level.
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”. Matthew 10:16
David didn’t feel judged or condemned right from the ‘get-go’. Her cushion of love prepares the way for Truth.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13
David is curious and questions again, “What sort of God”?
Genevieve answers David honestly and respectfully.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
After answering David’s questions, Genevieve now asks David a few of her own; she is making the most of her opportunities.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity…” Colossians 4:6
Genevieve asks him his opinion on Jesus. She planted a seed for God to grow.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
This is now set on a non-judgmental open platform, where he feels he can answer honestly without hostility. She lets him chat and listens to his ‘negative’ confession.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”. James 5:16
She didn’t tackle his sin, she allowed room for God to do that. She wanted David to connect with God, because she knows God can clean us! Ultimately God will convict us of our sin in His perfect timing.
“…for the gospel we brought did not come to you in words only, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction”. 1 Thessalonians 1:5
She asked another question. ‘Have you experienced the love of God’?
Genevieve wanted desperately to help David, and the best way to help him would be to connect him with Jesus.
“Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:4
Genevieve wanted David to know that God wasn’t a god up in the sky, but real and interactive. She had faith to pray, and gave a space for God to communicate to David directly.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God”. Romans 8:26-27
David reached out to God in faith, and God always answers a heart desperate for Him! “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
David found Jesus!
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved”. Romans 10: 9-10