As you head out the door this morning, here is something to think about:
If you had a bank that credited your account with $86,400, but cancelled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, you have such a bank and its name is “Time.” Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off—as lost—whatever you have failed to invest in good purpose. It carries no balances. It allows no overdrafts. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
How will you use your time this week? When the account is tallied what will the result be? Will there be fruit for the Lord and time spent for Him, with Him,and in His service? The Bible exhorts us to, “Walk in wisdom…redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5).
“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned” (Song of Solomon 8:7). “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). “Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). “The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). “Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
What marvellous, divine love this is! Think about that love today, and let it touch your heart afresh. It will certainly produce worship, praise, and thanksgiving. Let’s be like the bride of the Old Testament, who said,“We will remember Thy love” (Song of Solomon 1:4).
A farmer in South Korea bought copies of the gospels of Matthew and Luke, and read them with some interest. When he was working in the fields away from his home one day, his house caught fire and burned to the ground. On returning he realized that all contents of the home had been destroyed except the two gospels. Someone had saved them from the flames not really knowing what they were.
That made a deep impression on the farmer. He read the gospels again, now with increased interest. Then he told people in the village about them. At first he was made fun of and avoided by his neighbors. But because he was always so friendly and helpful after a while they began to listen, resulting in eighty villagers being saved.
This shows once again that the Word of God possesses its own living power. Whoever reads it attentively and is prepared to listen carefully to what God has to say will understand its message and receive the blessing it contains. The Lord said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:36).
“And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty” (1 Kings 10:13).
The Queen of Sheba came to test Solomon with hard questions. Solomon not only answered all her questions and gave her all that she desired, but he also gave her of his royal bounty. What kingly generosity this was!
Solomon reminds us of the Lord Jesus, who said, “The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42).
If Solomon is a picture of the Lord, then the queen of Sheba must remind us of ourselves. Aren’t we amazed at the wisdom and generosity of our Solomon? We can go to Him at any time with a hard question and find that He has the time and resources for every problem and situation of life. “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
“Whatsoever…cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat” (Leviticus 11:3).
Webster’s Dictionary gives the following definition of the term “Chew The Cud”:
“Food that an animal (such as a cow) brings back up from its stomach into its mouth to be chewed again.”
I recently talked to a farmer, who told me something interesting about cows and chewing the cud. He said that if a cow does not chew the cud on a regular basis you know that it is a sick animal and needs tending to.
This made me think of the above verse and the spiritual application for us. Chewing the cud would tell us of the need for meditation on Scripture. In fact another English dictionary gives this definition:
“To think slowly and carefully about something.”
If we don’t meditate on the Word of God and digest the spiritual food it offers we will never experience spiritual growth and be healthy, happy believers. Let’s be like the inspired writer, who said, “O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). Don’t just read the Bible, think about, and consider seriously what you read.
We often hear the reminder that we can’t keep ourselves, and while this is certainly true according to today’s text, yet there are some things that we are to keep ourselves in and from as believers. For instance:
“Keep yourselves in the love of God” (Jude 21).
We need to always walk and live in the sunshine of God’s wonderful, unchanging love.
“Keep thyself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22).
We need to keep ourselves from those things that defile our minds, our affections, and our bodies.
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).
We need to keep ourselves from allowing anything to displace Christ in our lives. He should always have the first place.
Christianity takes constant care and watchfulness. We have a powerful enemy who does not want us to enjoy of God’s wonderful love, and who wants us to mar our testimony and our joy by sin and distraction.
My wife and I were sitting, having lunch in a Cracker Barrel restaurant recently, when I noticed the following motto hanging in a frame on the wall beside our table:
EVERY EXPERIENCE GOD GIVES US, EVERY PERSON HE PUTS IN OUR LIVES, IS A PERFECT PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE THAT ONLY HE CAN SEE.
There is a lot of truth in a statement like that. Thankfully we can’t see the future. It would be a burden we couldn’t carry. However, there is One who knows, has it all perfectly planned, and who works in our lives to prepare us for each new day and experience. We have been “predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will”(Ephesians 1:11). This should give us real comfort and confidence as we start out this week. No matter what happens or who we meet, it has all been pre-planned by our wise and loving God and Father.
“The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain” (Revelation 5:5-6).
Once in the book of Revelation the Lord Jesus is referred to as “The Lion” and twenty-eight times as “The Lamb.” As “The Lion” He is able! Able to execute the judgments of this world, put down His enemies, and bring about millennial peace and blessing on earth. However, as “The Lamb” He is worthy! Worthy because of who He is, “The Lamb of God” (John 1:36). Worthy, because of that great work of Calvary on which all blessing rests. Today, He is worthy of our worship and praise, and in a future day, all created beings will give Him that honor. “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Revelation 5:13).
A local Grocery store in Smiths Falls, where my wife and I often shop, has recently come up with a new advertising slogan.
“I WANT IT ALL!”
Whatever other thinking there may be behind this catchy slogan, it certainly sums up the spirit and attitude of many people today. Not only do people want it all, but they want it now!
King Solomon had it all. Notice what he says: “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy” (Ecclesiastes 2:10). But notice how he sums it up at the end of the chapter: “This also is vanity and vexation of spirit” (verse 26).
Only the one who made us can satisfy us. “For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9). And more than that, when we know God as our Father and Jesus as our Saviour, we do have it all. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Yes indeed, the Christian is the richest person in the world…He has it all! DO YOU?