Saturday, October 6, 2007 7:40 p.m.
God told Joshua to have the priest carry the Ark of the Covenant to the Jordan River. When the soles of the priest’s feet were dipped into the brim of the water the waters stood and rose up, and the priest stood on dry ground. (Joshua 3:15-16). Then Joshua told each tribe to choose a man to carry stones and make two piles of stones for a memorial. One pile of twelve stones was to be left in the Jordan River, and another pile of twelve stones was to be piled on the shore where they passed over. I bet each tribe chose the strongest man and the largest stones. I can just imagine these men struggling to carry huge stones, but how important it was that they got it to the pile. That is the way our life is. We are to leave a memorial of our journey. It is to be a testimony that God helped us all the way. Is it going to be easy? No, we are going to struggle, but how important it is that we make it to the end. When the Israelite children saw the pile of twelve stones they said, “What mean ye by these stones?” (Joshua 4:6), and their father’s answered, “These stones shall be a memorial.” (Joshua 4:7). Likewise, when our children ask, “What is the meaning of your life?”, hopefully we can answer, “It is a memorial that God lead us all the way.”
Thought for Today: Joshua said, these stones remain so “That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD…” (Joshua 4:24).
Saturday, July 10, 2004 4:00 a.m.
“The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” (II Timothy 4:22). This was the last Amen Paul ever wrote. II Timothy 4:22 was the last words written by Paul in prison before he was beheaded. And who was he thinking of when he wrote it? Others! He was thinking not of himself, but of others. Even when he faced certain death he was thinking of others. “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” (II Timothy 4:22). Amen in this instance could mean – it is ended. The job here on earth for me is done. I’m going home to the Father. What type of Amen will you be able to say when your time is ended? Amen, I fought a good fight? Amen, I’ve kept the faith? Amen, I am now ready to be offered? Paul was offered on the alter as an example for all of us to see. His life was a testimony of true godliness. May we all be able to say, “Amen” as Paul.
Thought for Today: Here is the last promise and the last Amen in the Bible: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21).
Wednesday, May 31, 2000 4:00 a.m.
Eric Liddell was born in China because his parents were missionaries there. Eric started running at an early age and became a champion runner. In 1924, Eric was chosen to run in the 200 yard dash at the Olympics representing Scotland. On the way there until he found out that he was schedule to run on Sunday. Eric Liddell refused to run on the Lord’s day. This made world news. However, arrangements were made and instead of running on Sunday he was allowed to run on Monday in the 400 yard dash. This race was twice the length he have trained for; but, still he won the gold medal. Because he refused to run on Sunday he gave up the chance to win three gold medals, but I’m sure that the medals he gave up here on earth could not be compared to the medals he received in heaven. After the Olympics, Eric married a Scottish girl and they returned to China as missionaries. In 1943, when World War II broke out, his wife and their three daughters returned to Scotland while Eric remained in China. It was not long after this that he, along with 1500 other people, were put into a Japanese Prison Camp. It was there in the prison camp that Eric died at the age of 43. While he lived he was an inspiration to all. It is lives like Eric Liddell’s that count for God. So often the true warriors of the cross seem to live short lives, but they leave a powerful impact for Christ. It’s not the length of one’s life that counts, but what one does with the time he is given.
Thought for Today: Are you living for Christ? How have you influenced others? What people’s lives have you touched? Will there be souls in heaven because of your testimony? May we live our lives for Christ.
Saturday, March 11, 2000 7:20 a.m.
Jim Elliot wrote in his diary, “Lord, give me souls or I die.” That makes me ask the question, “Lord what am I doing wrong?” I’m not getting souls. I pray and pray for people to be saved – and nothing comes of my prayers. I see no fruit. But then I think of the man who led Dwight L. Moody to the Lord. What an impact for Christ he made by leading just that one person to the Lord. So I guess we will never know the impact of our prayers until we get to heaven. Lord, help me be more powerful in my prayer life and make a difference. It seems that when you witness to people everything is fine until you mention the name of Jesus. Then they take offense. It is so sad that they can’t see the love to Christ, the one who gave himself for them. Lord, give me courage to speak your name. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,” or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love” (IF p.33). Lord, give me souls.
Thought for Today: May we continue to pray for lost souls, and may our life be a testimony as well as our words.