A Word Fitly Spoken

November 30, 2009 by Paul Chappell

Evangelist Paul SchwankeIf there has ever been a time in my life when I needed a word of encouragement, it was yesterday morning. God graciously provided just what I needed through my friend, Evangelist Paul Schwanke. We had actually scheduled Brother Schwanke a few years ago to preach at Lancaster Baptist this Sunday—long before I had any idea of the trial our family would be facing at this time. But the Lord knew, and He provided “a word fitly spoken” (Proverbs 25:11).

Brother Schwanke preached from Psalm 11:1-3 on “When the Foundations Fall”—what to do when you feel as if your life is crumbling underneath you. He helped us to answer the question posed in verse 3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” with the following outline:

  1. We Can Still Trust Him.
    “In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?” (Psalms 11:1)

    Regardless of our circumstances, we can choose to trust the Lord. As verse 4 teachs us, God is still on His throne, and He closely observes our needs.

  2. We Can Take the Long Look.
    “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalms 11:5-6)

    Even though David’s situation looked bleak at the time he penned this Psalm, he looked ahead to the day when God would make wrongs right and set everything strait. Whatever our situation may look like today, we can choose to look ahead through the eyes of faith and know that God’s ways lead to a perfect end.

  3. We Can Do Right.
    “For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” (Psalms 11:7)

    In the midst of overwhelming circumstances, David remembered that God is righteous, He loves righteousness, and He blesses those who do right. When it seemed that David’s life was caving in, he could still choose to remain faithful and do the next right thing.

I’m thankful the Lord sent Brother Schwanke to our church with this message. As Proverbs 15:23 says, “…a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”

Please continue to pray this week for our son Larry as he undergoes further testing and we wait for a further report from the doctors. Pray especially for wisdom as we make decisions and for healing in my son’s life.


  1. We will certainly as a family lift up Larry before the throne of Grace.

    Comment by Ron Winkler — November 30, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  2. We are praying!

    Comment by Pat Carr — November 30, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

  3. praying for your son Larry and for you.

    Comment by Pastor Danny Mundy — November 30, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

  4. We mentioned Larry in our midweek prayer meeting. We will continue to remember him, and your family in our prayers.

    Comment by Joe Hudson — November 30, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  5. Dear Pastor and family,
    I am praying for each and everyone in your family. May God give you peace and comfort in this time of need.
    The Lord bless you all.

    Comment by Ginger Brown — November 30, 2009 @ 10:54 pm

  6. Pastor & Terrie,
    We are praying for Larry and for you and your family. Thank you for all you do for us. We are challenged and encouraged every week by the preaching of God’s Word.

    Comment by Bud & Sharon McArthur — December 1, 2009 @ 9:22 am

  7. Pastor, I thank God for you and your family for coming to Lancaster and teaching me about JESUS and his gift of salvation. Larry and your family have been in my prayers. I am so very happy to hear about your new grandson. Congratulations, my love to Danielle and Terri.

    Comment by Claudia Quisenberry — December 1, 2009 @ 11:55 am

  8. We are praying for your family and our church is praying for Larry and your family. Thank you for Daily Word it encourages me everyday. We are so thankful for the ministry there and your staff! May God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Wanda Weathers — December 2, 2009 @ 4:35 am

  9. We are praying for your family.

    Comment by Rev. Javier Garza and family — December 2, 2009 @ 7:28 am

  10. We are praying for your family.

    Comment by Rev. Javier Garza and family — December 2, 2009 @ 7:28 am

  11. We are praying for your family.

    Comment by Rev. Javier Garza and family — December 2, 2009 @ 7:28 am

  12. Dear Pastor and Mrs. Chappell and family,
    You will be daily in our prayers as we lift Larry before God’s throne of grace. May the Lord give you strength, comfort and wisdom at this time. Blessings in Christ from Back East

    Comment by Tom and Dotty Manney — December 2, 2009 @ 9:36 am

  13. My Dear Friend, Dr. Chappell,
    in a few hours I am preaching at my old friend, Lester Roloff’s Church in Corpus Christi. As I have just recently heard of some of the trials you are going through, one of Bro. Roloff’s old sayings came to mind, “When you can’t track Him (God), trust Him.”
    This in turn reminds me of George Matheson, “The blind Prophet of Scotland” (also the pastor of Oswald Chambers while he was growing up) wrote these touching words in his poem set to music, “Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” The circumstances were, Matheson told his fiancee that he was going to be blind and the engagement could be called off, if she so desired. She replied, “I don’t want to be married to a blind man all my life”… and walked out of the room. It was then he wrote the song.
    The words of the third stanza in the song came to mind as I think of what you are facing. “O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be.” How touching he used the words as one who would be using braille. Although he may see the rainbow…it’s there…reach for that which reminds us, The Promiser keeps His promises. I love you, Paul. Please know we are praying for you, your son and all your family at this hour…as you trace the rainbow through the rain. Jer. 29;11.
    Your Forever Friend, Johnny Pope

    Comment by Johnny Pope — December 2, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  14. Dear Pastor ,
    We just wanted to let you know that we sure love you and your family and we thank the Lord for you. We are praying for your family, especially Larry. Thank you for loving us and for being such a wonderful Pastor.
    Merry Christmas! Clark and Rachel Graham

    Comment by Clark and Rachel Graham — December 19, 2009 @ 4:38 am

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