How the Lord Opened my Eyes to His Word

Claudia - Vienna, Austria

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Many greetings!

I would like to tell you how God has guided my life so far.

My mum was saved while I was a little child. One day I realised that I had to make the decision about being saved as well, and so when I was nine years old I received the Holy Spirit and was baptised under water. Later, when I became a teenager life wasn’t that easy. I looked at my friends at school who had boyfriends and did a lot of other things like smoking and drinking alcohol and I started to desire to be like them. At this time I had stopped reading the Bible and praying, which are essential to being a Christian. I ended up in many situations with boys, which I knew were not according to God’s Word: “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman" 1 CORINTHIANS 7:1.

My bad conscience grew worse as I continued doing the things I knew God was against. I knew it was wrong in the sight of the Lord but I was in conflict with myself. I wanted to please God and, on the other hand, I also loved the world. I then talked to a few people in our church about my problems and looked up a lot of scriptures about the subject. After deciding to follow God’s ways again, I felt more relaxed and had peace in my life, but the main thing was that I was no longer tempted.

A few years later my mum came to me and told me that she was going to stop following God because she couldn’t give up her personal desires. At first I was really sad to see my mum giving up and this situation was really difficult for me to handle. The first thing I did was to get on my knees and ask my Saviour what to do and how to deal with the situation. I prayed with tears and begged Him to show me a scripture. I opened my Bible and read the following: “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant” JOB 14:7-9.

That was exactly my answer. My mum decided not to follow the Lord (being that stock which died in the ground), but I understood that if I would go on following the Lord and praying in the Holy Spirit (the scent of water) then there could still be hope for her as there was for that tree. The Lord showed me exactly where I stood and what was going to happen. Months went by, then a year, and I continued to pray eagerly that my mum would take up her walk as a Christian again. In my heart I knew that she would and that I just had to trust the Lord because He promised it in the scripture. He gave me the peace in my heart not to worry. That time was not easy for me, but I knew I just had to keep going straight ahead in my walk as a Christian.

Then after one and a half years, my mum received the grace from the Lord to come back to His work. Praise the Lord! The Lord sets His time; we just have to trust Him: PROVERBS 3:5-6. My mum is now a missionary in Italy; which is where she had desired to live for her whole life.

I want to give God the honour for leading my life, and I could not imagine living without Him, because without Him I could do nothing.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” PHILIPPIANS 4:13.

With love in Christ, Claudia (19), Austria

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