Thursday, November 15, 2012
Today’s Topic: God’s Integrity
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:65 (ESV) You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word.
Two little girls were counting their pennies.
One said, “I have five pennies.” The other said, “I have ten.”
“No,” said the first little girl, “You have just five cents, the same as I.”
“But,” the second child quickly replied, “my father said when he comes home tonight he would give me five cents, and so I have ten cents.”
Trustfully, she counted what her father had promised.
What a Father we have in heaven, who always, without fail, deals with us according to His Word! Imagine what it would be like if He didn’t. Well, he would be like us then, wouldn’t he? We are those who make promises and then do not follow through. We use words to pad the pleasures of the present with no promise intended. We make statements of intention designed to validate our external image in the eyes of others, but quickly destroy all such validation when we do not do what we said we would do. Imagine if God did that.
Author Peter Eldersveld tells of a rich Christian who had a large company of employees, and many of them owed him money. He was constantly trying to teach them something about Christianity, and one day he hit upon a plan. He posted a notice for his employees to see that said,
“All those who will come to my office between eleven and twelve o’clock on Thursday morning to present an honest statement of their debts will have them canceled at once.”
The debtors read the notice with a great deal of skepticism, and on Thursday morning, although they gathered in the street in front of his office, not one of them went to the door. Instead they gossiped and complained about their employer, and ridiculed the notice he had posted. They said it didn’t make sense.
But finally, at 11:45, one man jumped forward, dashed up the steps into the office, and presented his statement.
“Why are you here?” the rich man asked him.
“Because you promised to cancel the debts of all those who would come as you instructed,” the employee replied.
“And do you believe the promise?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Why do you believe it?” persisted the employer.
“Because, although it was too much for me to understand, I know that you are a good man who would not deceive anyone.”
The rich man took the bill and marked it “Paid in full,” at which time the poor man, overcome, cried out, “I knew it! I told them so! They said it couldn’t be true, and now I’m going out to show them.”
“Wait,” said his benefactor, “it’s not quite twelve o’clock. The others are not entitled to any special proof of my sincerity.”
When the clock struck twelve, the forgiven debtor ran out waving his receipt in the face of his fellows. With a mad rush they made for the door, but it was too late. The door was locked.
God deals with us according to His word – forgiveness for those who ask, and judgment for those who don’t. His Word is never not fulfilled. There is perfection in every action of the Father. He never has to overlook one word to accomplish another word. He never compromises His Word for anyone.
And for me, that is praiseworthy, for the Father is dealing well with me!
Additional Scripture References:
Ps 119:17 — Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
Ps 13:6 — I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Ps 16:5 — The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
Ps 16:6 — The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
Ps 18:35 — You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.
Ps 23:5 — You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Ps 23:6 — Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Ps 30:11 — You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
Ps 116:7 — Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.