Saturday, May 22, 2010
2:44 p.m. Today's project was to run over to the grocery store and pick up a load of fresh asparagus, broccoli, chicken, frozen fish, canned tuna and 5 dozen eggs for Steven. (pictured) He gave me his ATM card. Why couldn't he go? After 2 hours of cardio and a visit with his bodybuilding training coach, he was told to stay home, as little stress as possible. "Make me an instrument of Your peace, Lord," doesn't the old hymn go? Not easy with our Type-A personalities!
Actually, taking care of that purchase helped me greatly, because I had good coupons and got 500 Bonus Points for my own "valued customer rewards." So that small effort will pay off in the next few weeks! !! "Cast your bread upon the waters," Ecclesiastes 11:1 says, "for you will find it after many days." How true that is! Many times in life rewards follow a lot later than sacrificial actions. Maybe it takes a good chunk of a lifetime to realize this--that delayed gratification doesn't mean the goal won't be met, or the blessing won't be yours--it just means later--in God's timing!
I was just pondering a few days ago, that even though King Solomon walked away from the Lord with--or because of-- all of his wives and riches (I Kings 11) he made a lot of factual observations about life, work, foolishness and wealth, and did show reverence for God. Some excellent observations I hear and read come from people who know who God is, but have never asked Christ to be their Savior. Many people are intelligent, well read and successful, but have not studied the greatest book of all, the Bible. Did you know that up until about 20 years ago, no one in the U.S. was considered educated unless they had a basic knowledge of the Bible? Or that the literacy laws were passed in our original 13 colonies so the children and all citizens could read the Bible? The "Old Deluder Satan Law" from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1647 expressly legislated that all towns of 50 or more population had to establish a school so they could read the scriptures and not be decieved by that "old deluder" Satan. Revelation 12:9 calls him "the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world." Between the Bible and the McGuffey reader, those colonists laid the foundation for the greatest nation ever known on this earth! Yet the colonists already had a godly heritage--England sent out the most missionaries throughout the world of any nation, including to America!
Today, all civilized people can read and write, but what are we reading and writing? How well do we know what God has to say to us human beings? Are we willing to obey His Word, and what it says about Jesus Christ? Or what He says about Himself?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosover believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
You must be born again. John 3:7
Ask Jesus to come into your heart today--He is the only true source of all wisdom, for now and eternity!