God is a Promise Keeper: “Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! But as surely as the Lord your God has given you the good things he promised, he will also bring disaster on you if you disobey him. He will completely wipe you out from this good land he has given you” (Joshua 23:14-16, NLT).
Dick and Margaret were missionaries in a place caught up by an invasion. Their story is told in a book entitled, Steel in His Soul, The Dick Hillis Story. Dick developed a sickness and had to be admitted into the hospital. It was at the worst time. Margaret was sad as she watched her husband leave. Soon an army officer came with news. The enemy was near. Everyone should evacuate. Margaret and her two children could not leave. She stayed. She prayed. Early the next morning she ripped a page from her wall calendar. It contained a Scripture: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalms 56:3).
The town emptied during the day, but Margaret didn’t move. The next morning she again ripped a page from her calendar. The new day’s Scripture read: “Thou, Lord hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psalms 9:10).
The next day when she woke she heard distant sounds of gunfire. She worried about finding food for her hungry children. Someone came with a basket of eggs. Another person brought milk. The calendar verse for the day: “I will nourish you and your little ones” (Genesis 50:21).
The sounds of war grew stronger and Margaret prayed for protection and deliverance. The next morning she tore the page from her calendar. It read: “When I cry unto Thee, then shall my enemies turn back” (Psalms 56:9).
The fighting came closer. That night Margaret could not sleep. Danger was close. But, in the morning all was calm. The army officer returned and knocked on her door. He told her in amazement, “The enemy has retreated. It’s unbelievable!” No one could understand it. Peace returned. Margaret glanced at her calendar and praised the God that promises.