THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
(The following incident came from a friend.)
Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down.
I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.
Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.
My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.
My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.
Her theory is that the car will be stolen.
As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right.
The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police.
I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered. (I always call her “honey” in times like these.)
“I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.”
There was a period of silence.
I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane’s voice. “Ken” she barked, “I dropped you off!”
Now it was my time to be silent.
Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”
Diane retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen Your car?”
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Sometimes the day is difficult.
There may have been incidents like Ken’s above.
As we lay down to sleep, it is good to “remember” God’s mercy.
It is good to “meditate” upon His loving kindness.
Remember when He first purchased you, by His blood, from your slavery to sin.
Remember when He wiped away your tears of conviction with His forgiveness.
Remember when He filled your broken heart with the awesome presence of His Holy Spirit.
There are probably other milestones along salvation’s road you can remember.
Perhaps you can remember when, in a difficult time, God filled your heart with comfort from His Word.
“...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb 13:5)
Perhaps, when you lost a loved one, God spoke to your heart,
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” (1 Thess 4:14)
Yes, it is good to “remember” and “meditate” upon God’s mercy!
Then, instead of wallowing in self-pity, give God PRAISE!