There are people like David, whom God continued to honor, in spite of his sins. David wasn’t perfect, but there was something about David’s life that God continued to honor and hold as a standard of dependency on God and humility. Then there are people, like Pharoah, that God uses to show how dumb people can be and how powerful He is. Then people are in the spectrum in between and there is a spectrum of how much He blesses people, like Israel going into the land. Israel didn’t obey the Lord completely, so we read in Judges that God draws a line, Continue reading
Choose blessing or death? What an absurd concept! Why would anyone want to choose death over blessing? No one would and yet everyone did. Continue reading
I have the privilege of spending some time in the Rocky Mountains this week and appreciate the majesty of the mountains. Yet, there is not very good soil in those mountains for farming. Continue reading
Blessings: God owns our days
A week ago I had the privilege to minister to a dear member of our church in the hospital. I just kneel by the bed (as long as my knees hold out or unless there is a handy chair) and listen to the person who might be struggling or suffering. I have known this dear sister for twenty years. She lost her husband a year and a half ago and I know she has missed him greatly. She is ready to move north to be close to one of her children, but this sped up the process. Now she is already north until her unit opens up in the home close by to her daughter.
While I was at the hospital, I remembered a waitress who had tended to the same table at the same restaurant for the last ten years. The men always went there for breakfast after Men’s Prayer. She had not been at Cracker Barrel very much in the last year as she had battled cancer in her lungs. The week before one of the other waitresses informed me the cancer had spread to her bones and she was struggling. Fortunately, I remembered her and I went to see her.
Some of her family was present and she looked pretty well. I spoke with her husband for twenty minutes in the hallway and found out he was a spiritual man wanting to lead his family. As we went in to see her, I read from Psalm 91 and spoke of God as a strong refuge. He would protect. We needed to trust Him.
The next Thursday, right after prayer meeting, we went over to Cracker Barrel and one of the other waitresses lit up. She was so excited to see us, but I could immediately tell something was wrong. I asked, “Is she okay?” Shesaid, “She died Sunday afternoon at two o’clock.” We hugged and she asked that I be ready to do a memorial service.
As I ate breakfast that day, I could only think of the great Psalm 90 Moses wrote. Moses wrote, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12) Friends are you ready to see your Creator. None of us knows how many days we have. Some will have a warning through a lingering disease, but many of us may see our last view of earth on the way home. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, what He did for you on the cross and you will be saved. Ask if you have any questions about salvation.