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Godfrey’s Money

My dad, Godfrey Newman, had had enough! That day, my stepmother stood weeping at my door, asking me to please come because there’s trouble at their house: my dad won’t listen to reason.

As I sat in their lounge, I sensed a great disturbance in the spirit even before hearing what the matter was. My dad, a retired building contractor, was sick and tired of waiting for a payment of R20,000 (South African Rands) from a customer who had repeatedly promised the payment but each time reneged. It had turned into months of waiting, with excuses changing from one thing to another and no payment forthcoming. Greatly outraged, Godfrey now wanted to proceed with legal action to get his money.

After listening to him, I could only offer a single piece of advice: “Dad, let me go and pray, and let’s hear what God says about this matter.” He agreed, and I withdrew to my own house (just next door) to have quiet time.

After a while, I returned with the following Word from God: “Write off the money. Forgive them fully. I will give you this money and more besides.”

My dad didn’t argue. Right there and then his heart softened as he heard God’s Word. He willingly accepted it and asked that we pray. I listened to him peacefully write off the debt before God for which—just a short while ago—he threatened legal action in great anger, uncharacteristic of his usual calm demeanor. He forgave the woman and let go of the money. I was blessed to witness my dad humble himself in obedience to God. I was blessed to witness God soften his heart right there before my eyes. Instantly a sweet peace was restored in their house.

Even though my dad had received God’s promise, he had no idea when it would be fulfilled. However, since the money was written off, he didn’t care.

A few weeks later, he received a phone call from the lady. She again said that she wanted to pay the R20,000 . . . this time, with interest. Instead of yet another a false promise, three days later the money was indeed there in his account—God’s Word fulfilled.

For days after that, my dad praised God for this miracle, excitedly talking about what He did. Not only was the money paid, but it was paid with interest and without him putting up a costly fight, enabling him to enjoy peace and a clean heart. It was clear that God had fought the battle for my dad.

Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.” Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:17–21 — World English Bible