March 22, 2012
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Brooksyne and I are entering that stage of life when we tend to be more forgetful. Sometimes it’s humorous, other times a bit scary and and still at times it is downright aggravating
But she teases me about the multiple cameras I have stashed on the desk, the car and in carrying cases (a result of my Ebay purchases of an old Kodak camera model I happen to like, in part due to my preference for a viewfinder). I need to have several so I can always find at least one!
Our daily Scripture is a matter of remembering that which is of utmost importance, a solemn warning from Moses to the people of God camped on the east side of the Jordan. We do well to take heed. They were poised to enter the Promised Land and Moses gathered them in one place. That must have been quite a sight! He knew he was not to lead them into the Promised Land and that he would soon die. He gave the people he had faithfully led through the wilderness journeyings one last rousing sermon.
Notice the phrase, “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord.” Moses knew the blessed life in which they were about to enter would carry with it the risk of forgetting how they got there in the first place. Due to our sin nature every child of God is high risk for falling prey to forgetfulness, apathy, or self-aggrandizement. Our greatest temptation to fail, fall and forget may very well be the prosperity and blessings we have received from God.
A.W. Pink, wrote about this long ago. He went to be with the Lord sixty years ago but we so often find his writings so deeply helpful. “If adversity carries with it a measure of menace to the spiritual life, the perils of prosperity are far greater. If through our unwatchfulness the former leads to discontent and murmuring, the latter will, unless we be doubly on our guard, issue in self-complacency and self-sufficiency. It is when we are brought low, by losses and trials, that we are the most cast upon God. However, when success crowns our efforts and our barns are well filled, we are the most apt to walk independently of Him. Little wonder, then, that the Lord entrusts few of His people with this world’s goods. The same applies to spiritual blessings: if earnests of a coming rest are granted, they will be regarded as realities instead of foreshadowings, and then we shall rest before our time—instead of continuing to press forward.”
Today, and everyday, my friend, let’s not forget the One from whom all blessings flow. Let us be faithful in crediting and thanking Him for our earthly and spiritual blessings!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, our houses are filled with all kinds of good things that come from Your generous and loving Hand. Our water reservoir is replenished daily, the oxygen we breathe is not depleted, the ground springs up healthy and life sustaining vegetation for our pleasure and good health. The list is unending but most importantly, as high as the heavens are above so great is the measure of Your unending, immeasurable love toward us. We are filled to overflowing and we thank You in Jesus’ name! Amen.
Stephen’s Personal Note: As regular readers know we didn’t post a message for the past three days. Sunday evening I came down with a very painful stomach condition which kept me down for the past two and 1/2 days with not a bite of food. Finally, about noontime yesterday I began to have a breakthrough and am slowly regaining my strength. I want to thank the many readers who wrote asking about why the messages were not being updated, indicating that they are a regular part of their day. I just didn’t have the strength to put out a message and Brooksyne is unable to perform the technical duties necessary to get our messages out to readers! (She is capable of learning this but strategically refuses to do so!) It is heartening to both of us to know that our messages are an important spiritual component to your day. Thanks for your prayers and kind personal expressions of concern.
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A ”mud sale” is so named because the grounds are often muddy during the season in which the sale is held. These are Lancaster County sales to benefit local volunteer fire departments and are quite a cultural experience. Last Saturday we went to the Penryn mud sale where the local volunteer fire company is celebrating its 100th anniversary! However it wasn’t muddy at all, rather a gorgeous spring like day!
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