A Legend Went Home Last Month

Ray was introduced to me by Jim.

Jim was recently widowed. I knew him and his deceased wife from the adult fellowship I attend. He’s in his seventies.

Ray met Jim in another adult fellowship Jim had moved to try to move on from his loss. Ray was a diminutive gentle man in his nineties.

When the three of us went out to lunch together we spanned quite a few years…50’s, 70’s, and 90’s.

The common bond of Jesus drew us to Stonebriar Community Church. The fact we were all without our wives pulled us that much closer.

Jim faded from the scene as he struggled to fit in. I still see him from time to time.

Ray and I often sat next to each other during the second service. He would give me updates about the airplane he was building. I guess a little old guy needs something to pass the time of day with. He completed that project last fall.

Another mutual friend informed me Ray was in the hospital a couple of months ago. He recovered fine from that.

Since I’m volunteering with the toddlers during second service I hadn’t seen Ray in a while. The mutual friend told me last Sunday Ray went home to be with his Lord the previous week.

Two of his daughters were with him as he slipped into Glory. Ray opened his eyes wide right at the end. One of his daughters asked him what he was seeing. His arms lifted off the bed before his body went limp for the last time.

Ray was being escorted Home at last. I have no doubt he heard Jesus tell him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” the next second of his existence.

Ray served his Lord well as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators. He was one of those gifted linguists that learned a native tribe’s language by living with them. Then he would develop an alphabet so he could invent a written language for these folks.

From there Ray translated the Bible into this new written word. Ray did this TWICE IN FORTY YEARS.

That’s when he became a legend in my mind.

The second time Ray had to buy a boat because that was the only way they could access the island those people lived on. Indonesia is like that.

With a lack of modern entertainment Ray could be found fixing something. That would endear him to the native folks. Eight children proved there were other means of entertainment that didn’t require modern conveniences.

Ray likely met some of the people who were introduced to Jesus from his work. I’m sure more will follow.

My writing might surpass Ray’s quantity of saved souls someday. Maybe not. That’s not really important.

God doesn’t keep score on such matters. He gives each of as an assignment to carry out.

Ray did the best he could to fulfill his mission. I must now give it my best, too…and so must you.

You probably won’t travel outside of the country you’re in now. I might not either. We don’t have to to be effective for God’s kingdom.

Do your best to touch the folks you come in contact with. Your neighbors may not see another Jesus in their lifetime.

They do know you’re a follower of Jesus Christ…don’t they?

If not then begin there. Live different from your culture if it doesn’t adhere to Jesus’s teachings. Don’t jamb Jesus down their throats. That isn’t very effective.

Show them the peace Jesus offers during your trials. They’ll come to you wanting to know your secret. I’ll give you a hint…Jesus shouldn’t be your secret. He needs to be made known for everyone who asks.

Sometimes translating the Bible doesn’t require a written language. Living it out is often more of a challenge, but that’s our assignment, my friend.

Let’s pray for each other to be better examples of Jesus.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

ONE WISH FROM GOD

Solomon led the delegation to Gibeon after his speech and feast. He paused when they crested the hill. The tabernacle Moses built always made him pause.

They spent the entire day offering burnt offerings to God. Most were commissioned by the king. Others he did himself. The total offerings by days end was one thousand.

A tent was erected for the king. The trip back to Jerusalem would wait until after a good night’s sleep.

As Solomon slept God appeared to him. “Ask. What shall I give you?”

“You were so gracious to my father. David now has a son sitting on his throne. But, your servant is only a boy. How can I effectively lead this great nation for You? They are more numerous than the sand on the seashore. I don’t know the best way to lead. Give me, please, a wise and discerning heart so I can judge rightly.”

God smiled. “You could have asked for great wealth, the death of your enemies, or long life. Instead you requested a wise heart. I will grant you the wisdom you seek. Nobody will be as wise as you either from before your time or after. I shall also give you immense wealth such as has never been seen and peace from your enemies. If you keep My commandments as your father David did I will also grant you long life.”

Solomon’s eyes popped open. He looked around. After a few seconds he remembered where he was and why he was there.

The dream was so real, but was is true?

King Solomon returned to Jerusalem. He made peace offerings and burnt offerings near the ark of the covenant. Another feast was made for the people.

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Dreams are interesting places to be. Your mind can imagine so much when your senses aren’t involved.

Solomon had just been established as the king of all Israel, God’s chosen people.

David’s military might gave them peace from all their enemies. Wealth was pouring in from surrounding nations to keep the peace intact.

Solomon was about nineteen years old, still a teenager, when the responsibilities of ruling fell upon his shoulders.

Parties were an easy thing to do for a young king.

The other responsibilities were another animal all together.

David taught his son the importance of worshiping God.

Sacrifices were an easy way to appease the deity.

Did he expect God to talk directly to him?

Being asleep the young man didn’t have time to think. His most immense desire would be utmost on his heart and mind when God asked him the ultimate question.

How would you reply?

How do you think you would answer God if He asked you for one wish?

Look past the immediate in your life currently. If you did that a year ago it would have been totally different. A year from now it will change again.

One way to approach this subject is to ask you, “what do you most want to be remembered for?”

Solomon was known as a wise man, but he was still stupid in many ways. A truly wise person loves the Lord God with all his soul, strength, mind and heart his entire life. He blew it big time.

You have one choice to make. What do you most want in this life?

Check your motives before you answer.

If it’s fame you want you’re barking up the wrong tree. Fame is fleeting.

If you desire wealth you can lose it in a moment. Money burns quickly.

Family is important, but individuals make bad choices. Love hurts.

What does you heart truly long for deep down?

My answer will probably be different than yours. That’s why God creates individuals. I’ve had time to think about my response before writing this post.

Life has been super crazy busy lately with work. Truck driving comes with a lot of challenges, especially when you drive for a temporary agency. You have to take assignments driving during times you’re normally sleeping. I can’t do much while driving, but thinking is something I can do on the open stretches of roads.

Personal relationships have been a challenge for me lately. Then I realized those have changed, so that can’t be it.

A steady source of income would be extremely good, too. I’m working toward that end, but there’s still more to life than that.

More free time to help at church more is a goal of mine. It goes deeper than that, too.

I thought back to almost exactly nine years ago as I write this. I was listening to a sermon on the radio. A point in the middle of the sermon struck me between the eyes.

“Nothing sets God off in a spirit of celebration as when a lost person comes to faith in Christ.”

I was at home. Barb was asleep. I turned off the radio and let the tears flow down my cheeks. My prayer was simple.

“Break me. Break me. Use me.”

I repeated that several times before I finished my request with another statement.

“I want to give You a reputation for being a party animal.”

When I decided to attend Grace Bible College back in the early 80’s I thought I’d discover God’s calling for my life while I was there.

I didn’t.

But my desire to serve Him has always been my main desire.

I didn’t know how, or if, God would answer my prayer that night. A few weeks later I was writing my first book.

I had never taken a writing course in college or high school.

Now I’m writing songs.

I can’t play any instruments.

When God decides to use a person He doesn’t need experience. He needs willingness.

You may know what talents God has given you. Are you using them for His glory?

Don’t think you can’t do anything for God. He’ll bless the smallest gesture done in His name.

Remove your mask. Drop your guard.

What can God do for you?

I’ll see you later.   Wade

Oh Be Careful Where You Go

Here’s a surprise midweek blog post for y’all to contemplate. Why a midweek post? You ask.

Because my life is so crazy hectic I don’t always have time to write before my self-imposed deadline and/or I don’t have anything to write about.

Well, Monday, while in Amarillo, an experience was lived through that makes for great blog posting. So here goes…

One of the dispatchers called me Saturday to see if I’d be willing to take a run to Amarillo beginning Sunday night just before midnight. My initial response was no, but that didn’t stop the conversation.

When I discovered there was nobody else available for said run that is under contract with the postal service my arm was twisted to take it.

Needless to say I was beyond tired by the time I got to the motel they booked for me. I was there in time to take advantage of the free breakfast so I made a hasty scrambled egg and biscuit sandwich while waiting for a room.

After they discovered all of the non-smoking rooms were in use I decided to take a smoking room…gulp.

My thinking was that the time was ticking on my ten hour break so I could either fall asleep at the breakfast table, which I was already nodding off at, or I could take a chance at getting some better sleep in a bed.

“I’ll survive the experience,” were the words that came out of my mouth.

As soon as I walked into the room all of my senses were under full assault. I just about turned back until a thought struck me. If I can handle the initial impact I can probably still be able to sleep in this.

Unfortunately I was right. After a few minutes I was able to breathe without the gag reflex kicking in. I showered and fell asleep rather quickly.

After about five hours the burning in my lungs told me I had better make my stay in this room shorter rather than longer. The last hour of my government mandated break was spent walking around the motel.

The temperature was about one hundred degrees, but there was a decent west Texas breeze blowing in the twenty mile per hour range. Remember, we do things big in Texas.

The advantage of that was that I was able to (as my father-in-law used to say) blow the stink off from the room encounter.

Don’t worry, it was a dry heat.

Many people feel pennies aren’t worth anything so they drop them on the ground when they discover them in their pockets.

I’m on the other end of that spectrum. I pick pennies, and their more expensive counterparts, up when I discover them on the ground.

Wheat pennies are of particular interest to me since God and I have a bit of an understanding with them. It’s His way of letting me know I’m in His will whenever I find one.

Why I was supposed to be in Amarillo that day is a bit of a mystery unless it’s to write this blog post.

Tails was up. So I knew right away what I had here. The date on the coin was 1955. Copper is a soft metal that is easily damaged…especially after a car runs over it. This penny was nearly flawless, except for some grease that was smudged on it.

I kept pacing about the property and found a few more modern pennies. One was next to a dumpster. It was green from the tarnish of its environment. I had to rub the face of it to discover the date…2015.

Sixty years should have aged that wheat penny more than that dumpster coin.

I thought back to my smoking room I had to take. I don’t often put myself in such unhealthy environments so I can stay as fit as possible for God’s service.

Everybody has their own personal issue they must deal with. Some of us have several.

My most pressing issue is pornography. I know to steer clear of it or it will destroy me one careless step at a time.

For others it’s alcohol, or drugs.

So far I’ve been able to keep myself pure, but I know what a slippery slope it is. I’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest lately.

I know, it sounds innocent enough and it should be. My problem is I focus too much attention staring at the fitness pictures, especially the women wearing too little while showing off great physiques.

When will that not be enough stimulation for me? I don’t know, but it will eventually.

Smoking rooms could become easier for me to sleep in of I do it regularly. Before I know it I start smoking to keep myself awake during through the night drives.

Sin is so like that. I’ve heard it said Satan gives us the best first while God saves the best for last.

I want God’s best for me.

Some days I keep my eyes off the fitness chicks. Some days I don’t.

Pray I can keep posting Bible verses and Christian quotes without stepping in the mud puddles of pornography that are all around me.

I want to stay a coin in God’s pocket that can be spendable for His work for several years to come, not a dumpster throw away.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

Do You Pray For Storms to Pass?

I don’t know how things are in your neck of the woods, but here in Texas we’ve been getting a LOT of rain lately.

One of the things I like about living in this day and age is the ability to see where the rain is falling at any given time.

I have this app on my phone that’s attached to one of the local TV stations. It’s also connected to a national radar network. That means I can tap that sucker on and see where the storms are.

It’s important to remember my main source of income is driving semis all over the place. Our storms don’t always play nice neither.

Hail can pile up and ice a road in no time. Wind can knock a rig on its side mooee pronto. Tornadoes can set a semi in someone’s back 40 before the wicked witch shows up in the windshield.

Yeah, this is some serious stuff here folks.

That mini radar on my phone helps me a great deal.

I’ve been known to take an extra long break just to let a storm pass on up ahead of me. I’d much rather be late than not get there at all.

I’ve been stuck in some long backups from folks who didn’t take such a precaution…or just a caution if they refused to plan ahead. Those wrecks did NOT look pretty.

Lately I’ve been “lucky” to avoid any major storms on the roadways. My personal life is another matter all together.

With counselling and planning some life storms can be avoided. Proper nutrition and exercise can forestall some health issues. Following wise advice can help avoid some bad choices in financial and relationship issues.

But, some storms just have to be lived through by some people.

I don’t understand why some couples have to endure the death of a child.

I hate to hear of kids being kidnapped and never heard from again.

It tears my heart out when a woman has to decide what to do with a child conceived by rape.

My personal bankruptcy was so long ago now I’ve lived past the repercussion of it, still it was not fun to live through.

My divorce still leaves me shaking my head. There was no biblical grounds by either of us just a decision by one of us.

I’ve lost jobs over things that should have been a simple warning.

It makes me look up and ask God that three word prayer, “WHY?”

I seldom get a direct reply from the almighty. I don’t really expect one. God doesn’t answer to me. I must trust Him.

I’m on a few prayer lists. Often people ask for a positive result from a medical test. I don’t usually pray that way.

I’ve heard of too many folks who have endured cancer treatments with the same statement.

“I wouldn’t have wished for that to happen to me, but I’m glad it did since I’m so much closer to God now than I’ve ever been in my life.”

It reminds me of a story told after World War 2. A farmer went to a monastery and asked the monks to pray for the bombs to miss his farm as the fighting drew close. They said they couldn’t do that, but they would pray for God’s will.

The farmer was furious at God when one of the bombs exploded in one of his pastures…until the unexpected happened. Water filled the depression left by the bomb. His cattle now had relief from the drought they were experiencing.

God’s ways are not our ways. We don’t call the shots. No matter what the humanists say.

A year from now I hope to look back and be thankful for the life situation I find myself in…even if none of the plans I have in my mind occur.

This life isn’t about me remaining happy or healthy.

It’s about becoming more like Jesus every day.

It’s supposed to draw me closer to my heavenly Father each step of the way.

Prosperity seldom does that for anybody.

Endure your storms my friends.

Cling to God’s strength when yours is gone.

Trust Him more than the plan in place.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

PRIDE’S PAYMENT

David stared at his general. “Joab, I want you to go throughout the entire nation. Count all the fighting men we have.”

Joab looked from the king to others in the room. “Sir, may God increase that number a hundredfold in your lifetime. But ,why do want this done? It’s a disgrace to God and the people.”

David sat on his throne. “You have your orders.”

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About ten months later Joab reported the numbers to the king.

David’s heart almost stopped beating. He fell to his knees. “Lord God of Heaven forgive me for such foolishness. I have sinned greatly with this act. Please take away this iniquity from me.”

The next morning David’s seer came to him. Gad was not smiling.

David swallowed hard. “What do you want, Gad?”

Gad looked deep into David’s eyes. “God has given you three choices for your sin. You can have three years of famine across the nation; three months running from your enemies or three days of a plague throughout the land.”

David fell to his knees. “I can only imagine what my enemies will do. The Lord’s mercies are great. I choose His way.”

Three days later David was wandering around Jerusalem with the elders. All of them were wearing sackcloth.

The sound of a breeze caught their attention. They turned near a threshing floor and saw an angel holding a sword hovering over the ground.

David fell to his knees. “LORD, I am the one who sinned. Why are the sheep being punished for this? My family should bear the brunt of this punishment.”

The angel stared ahead with his sword in his hand.

David led the men back to the palace.

Gad found David later that day. “You are to build an altar on the threshing floor of Ornan.”

David collected some cash and headed back to the area.

The angel was still there holding his sword.

Ornan came to the king and bowed. “To what privilege do I owe this visit?”

David waited for Ornan to stand. “I want to buy this land to build an altar.”

Ornan motioned around. “I give all of this to you, my king. Take the cattle to offer, their yokes for wood to burn and the wheat here for a grain offering. You can have it all.”

David shook his head. “No. But, I will buy it from you at full price for I cannot offer to the LORD that which costs me nothing.”

The treasurer counted out more than enough money for Ornan to begin again elsewhere.

After the sacrifice was complete David watched the angel return his sword to its sheath then disappear.

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Here’s another interesting prayer exchange where God talks to David through another person. This time it’s his seer Gad.

Similar to a prophet a seer had a special connection to God. God was known to speak through them with messages for people to follow.

When David’s pride led him to have a census taken of the people he ruled his guilt led him to admit his sin immediately.  He had learned his lesson about trying to hide it.

This is the only time God is known to give someone a multiple choice as to what penalty their sin would cost them.

Neither choice sounded good. David had lived long enough to know some consequences would have deeper impact than others would.

A famine could cause a revolt from the people.

Running from one’s enemies could have these men taking advantage of people in unpleasant ways.

Plague is never good when people die indiscriminately.

David was known as a man after God’s own heart. The reason was because he knew God’s heart so well and he enjoyed being close to it.

That’s why David chose the third option. God’s mercy was attached to it most closely.

There was a reason for all this confusion and chaos. Ultimately the area for the temple was purchased at the place the angel stopped at God’s command.

The area where David sent up his sacrifice on the altar would be the spot so many sacrifices and offerings would be sent up to God.

It was the same place Abraham was told to offer up Isaac. Mt Moriah is the place Jerusalem stands today.

David wanted to build the first temple. God told him no. David did all he could to assure that his son would complete that task.

Once this spot was set aside David collected as much of the material as he could.

This sacred place was made personally sacred by David’s pride and the consequences of it.

Your mistakes and failures hold a promise, too.

Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.

Your hurts, pains, regrets, mistakes and failures are all working to mature you into a marvelous work of God.

Unfortunately that doesn’t mean you will stop making mistakes and failing. It means there are lessons being learned that you can’t learn any other way.

Admit to needing God’s intervention in your life at all times. He’s listening.

Deal with the consequences of your life episodes. You’re learning.

Grow into the person God is creating you to be. You’re maturing.

If your goal is to become more like Jesus Christ you’re on the right course. Stay with it.

If you remember God is in control of everything you’ve got your mindset correct. Never forget this.

If you want to honor God in all you do your motives are pure. Keep that focus.

David was far from perfect, but he was still known as a man after God’s own heart. That’s what we need to strive for.

Perfection will always be elusive. You’ll never achieve it.

Maturity will always be attainable. You can be better.

Turn to God as soon as you recognize your sin.

Deal with the consequences as best you can.

Do your best to learn from your past and move forward with your life.

Keep an open line of communication with God at all cost.

That’s your lifeline.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

A Long-awaited Newsletter from Me

Hey Y’all

Since it’s been awhile that I’ve written an official newsletter and I can’t think of anything else to write now and it’s almost the end of May here’s a newsletter from Author Wade Webster.

I still don’t have a publisher for my books. I’m still driving my life away. I’m still paying my bills as they come in with not much more to spare. Now aren’t you glad I haven’t been sending these out on a regular basis?

Seriously, you need to stop trying to live vicariously through me and get a life.

Sorry…Mr Curmudgeon sneaks out when I least expect him to sometimes.

By God’s grace I’m staying healthy. Not doing too well on the wealthy front, but the wiseguy seems alive and well.

I suppose that’s all because I can’t seem to work in that early to bed thing old Ben talked about.

The driving jobs have been fairly steady. Which is good for the budget, but remains a challenge for the sleep cycle regularity thingy. I’m glad I’ve come across some great vitamins and supplements to help me stay awake and alive. Prayers are the best supplement I’ll ever depend on, so keep them coming.

The Apainter Paul’s work needs have been spotty. He did get some work from me for a job he needed some help getting done in a bit of a hurry. Everybody came out of that one smiling.

North Texas Biz Assist might be coming to life finally. I have two separate tentative appointments this Wednesday to discuss giving a mobile app to two non-profits; Poiema…a grassroots effort to help find missing girls stuck in human trafficking around Dallas. And The Samaritan Inn…a homeless shelter in Collin County that helps folks get back on their feet. I consider these a first fruits offering to God for the business. The apps will give other business owners a way to help by paying for sponsorships on the apps. Once they learn what I do they might want to do business with me, too. These will be the folks I’ll want to work with best anyway. So it’s the best way I can see to help and be helped at the same time. Prayers for God’s will here are greatly appreciated, too.

I’m attempting to get up the nerve to get things progressing on the personal relationship front as well…gulp. I didn’t expect to be jumping back into that pool at this time in my life, but it is what it is. I definitely desire God’s will here. I thought I chose well the first go-around but apparently not. I’d much rather remain single to be single-minded on serving God at all times rather than being pulled away for potential family issues, but I think God has brought someone into my life who desires the same for her life as well. Oh yeah, I’m bathing this one in prayer, too. Please join me here.

If you have anything you want me to pray for you for leave a comment and I’ll get right to it.

Until next time keep smiling.   Wade

I got a promotion at church this week

Some days God steps in and surprises the gigglies out of me. This Sunday was one of those days.

First, let me back up and fill you in on the week I had that led up to this promotion.

Last Saturday I drove late which meant I slept less than 6 hours before I went to church. A cup of coffee was enough to keep me alert for the sermon. Not that a Chuck Swindoll sermon needs much outside stimulation.

I turned down an early Monday morning driving option for two reasons. 1) I needed a 34 hour reset by federal law…so noon was my earliest start time available. 2) I had an important meeting at church that had absolutely nothing to do with foresaid promotion.

The meeting was to determine who would be awarded the Howard Hendricks Memorial Scholarship this year. Yeah, it is an honor to be included in anything Howard Hendricksish.

We had to pick which male graduating senior and a female counterpart would receive fifteen hundred bucks for college. The guys were relatively easy since there was only two who filled out an application. Six ladies took a bit longer to sort through.

They blacked out the names on the papers so we couldn’t guess who these folks were. They gave each of them a color for us to keep them straight.

The boys were red and blue. Did anybody think this through? Especially coming off the most contentious national election aver. Boy blue never stood a chance. My buddy Steve’s letter of recommendation helped a lot, too.

The ladies required a lot more attention…as they usually do. We whittled it down to two. I felt I contributed when the last words out of my mouth were, “Yellow has my vote.”

We put the required paperwork in the proper envelopes and packed up to go home.

Tuesday I finally got to work with the Apainter Paul again. He had an interior project the folks wanted done asap so they could put the house on the market ASAP.

Since I still owed Paul almost two full days of work to repay advances he gave me to pay May’s rent it worked out well all around.

Wednesday found me driving to San Antonio before sunrise for a 13 hour day.

Thursday I was back to painting for the Apainter again. We got enough done that he could finish it on Friday…cuz.

Before midnight Thursday I was off to LaLA. I’m guessing that since New Orleans uses the acronym NOLA then Lafayette, Louisiana goes by LaLA.

Even if I’m wrong I was praying I didn’t doze off to lala land while the wheels on the eighteen wheeler were going round and round down the interstate. My eyes were heavily suggesting that possibility was possible just before the only rest area along my route in Louisiana.

Since federal law required me to take a half hour break I lost consciousness with the wheels stopped. Which is a good thing.

A couple of hours later I was killing bugs in a motel room I used for more sleep. Even my boots were stored off the floor whilst there.

I drove home the last half of Friday to get the required time off to drive to Houston on Saturday.

Yes, for any mathematicians reading this that’s six days of work in five days. That’s the type of “it never rains but it pours” life I live these days.

I crawled into bed with a potential of six hours of sleep before corporate worship time. I think I slept about four of them. That’s what I get for trying to sleep at different hours of the day and night.

Pastor Chuck delivered another winner of a sermon during first service. Then I was off to C-119 to fulfill my role as the toddler whisperer…or so I thought.

I recognized some faces of kids and adults in the room when I stepped in. Mild chaos was in it’s regular place.

Then Everett was brought into the room. One of the women held him to try to settle his nerves. He squirmed out of her arms and ran around the table straight at me. Since both of his arms were held high I knew that meant one thing. I was his only best source of comfort in that room.

I picked him up as his momentum flung his body toward me. His head landed on my shoulder before his next sob.

We spent some time in a rocking chair while everyone else ate cookies at the table. Our cookies tasted just fine in that chair, thank you very much.

Everett felt at home after a few more minutes together so I consumed the chocolate cupcake that was brought in for me. I like me some perks, too.

Another boy had a meltdown after that so I picked him up only to have another fella want my attention.

With a boy in each arm Everett decided he needed more of me then, too. The only choice I had was to reach around each boy and lift my little buddy up with my hands.

That’s the moment I was promoted from the toddler whisperer to the toddler magnet.

When one of the ladies in the room saw me she offered to take one of my friends. I said, “No, I got this.”

We sauntered over to a rocking chair until. One by one, the tykes decided to go off and play.

I recognized what was happening there. I was being Jesus to those boys when they needed me most.

Have you ever felt like your prayer request is a nuisance to God?

You think He’s got His hands full with another shooting or war or disaster or whatever. He doesn’t have time for little old me.

Stop thinking that way. His arms are more then big enough to reach around every little thing happening in this puny world we live on to stop and give you the attention you want from Him.

Don’t ever hesitate to tell God what’s on your heart…no matter how small it might appear to you.

God adopted you into His family to spend all the time you need with Him.

Even when everything seems out of control, God will stop and give you His full attention as He says, “I got this.”

Fill your love tank with God every chance you get.

He’s got a lot more energy than this old truck driving toddler magnet will ever have.

Keep smiling.   Wade

IT’S YOU SIR

Nathan paused when he approached the throneroom door. “LORD, give me the strength to do Your work here.”

He pulled the door open and walked up to King David.

David smiled and cocked his head to the left. “Nathan, I didn’t expect you today. To what do I owe this pleasure?”

“There were two men. One of them had vast flocks of sheep and cattle. The other was poor. He saved and bought a lamb one day. This ewe was like a daughter to him. It ate from his hand and drank from his own cup.”

Nathan paused.

David was staring toward Nathan’s right. A smile was on his face.

“A third man came to the rich man’s house one day. Not wanting to decrease his herd he took the poor man’s lamb and had it prepared for the traveler to eat.”

David’s fist came down hard on the throne’s hand rail. He sat forward. “No. That man shall die for that and he must repay four times for such a travesty.”

Nathan stepped forward and stared into David’s eyes. “It’s you, Sir.”

David’s mouth dropped open. The color drained from his face.

“The LORD God chose you from the sheepfold to rule His nation. You were given protection from Saul. His wives became yours. Judah and Israel obey your commands. If you wanted more He would have given it. Why have you despised the LORD’s commands? You killed Uriah with the sword of Ammon to have his wife for your own. Because of this the sword shall never depart from your own house.

“You kept this private, but God will have your wives used in broad daylight. Your own sons will rise up against you.”

David sat back. His palms rubbed the hand rails. “I have sinned against the LORD.”

Nathan nodded. “The LORD accepts your confession. You shall not die. Since this has brought such rise to your enemies to blaspheme the LORD the child shall die.”

Nathan turned and walked out of the throneroom to the sounds of sobs.

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I would not have wanted to be Nathan on that day.

I’m glad he had the spine to carry out what God gave him to do.

You may be wondering why I included this in a series of devotionals on prayer. There is no prayer to God in this exchange.

No, but there was leading up to it.

David committed a double sin with Bathsheba and Uriah. He did his best to keep it quiet. He thought he succeeded.

You can’t keep a secret from God.

He knows every little thing that occurs.

You might keep a secret from your closest friends, but never from God.

We aren’t told how Nathan discovered the details about David’s dealings. We are told God sent him to David to inform him of the consequences of his actions.

Somebody was sent to Bathsheba’s house to bring her to David that fateful night. They pointed out that she was a married woman. Did they leak that to Nathan? We’ll never know.

Did God speak to Nathan with a dream? The parable he told could have been a dream Nathan had that night.

At that time God did speak to men in an audible voice and in person. If one of these methods was used it remains a mystery to us.

God’s primary means of speaking to us today is through these stories and other messages in the Bible.

The important thing for us to carry out of this exchange is the need to confront sin as sin.

Nathan was given the difficult task of informing King David of the consequences of his sins.

A king has the authority to have someone’s head removed from their shoulders if they make them unhappy.

Nathan followed the decrees of a much higher authority than a human king. He answered to the King of kings.

And so do we.

That doesn’t mean we’re to go around pointing our fingers at everybody we know is living in sin. That would be a never-ending undertaking.

There are individuals who are brought into our lives that we are given a certain amount of influence over. Close friends are included in that group. So are church leaders, especially if you happen to be on an important committee within the church. Family members might listen to you, but not if you come across as holier than thou.

I think Nathan was a mentor to David at this time in the king’s life.

David would have coveted someone who had a connection to the God of the nation he was called to lead.

The title of prophet was given to Nathan because of that connection.

Make sure your connection to God is strong before you go about confronting sin in anyone’s life.

There are guidelines established in the Bible to be followed in certain situations. Make sure you know them before you try to carry them out.

Remember we live under a covenant of grace these days because of what Jesus endured on the cross. We don’t stone folks for committing certain sins now like they were told to do in Old Testament times.

Even Jesus refused to have the adulteress stoned before he died. Mary could have been stoned after she was found to be pregnant with Jesus. Let that thought sink in.

We all sin and fall short of God’s glory that’s why we all need a savior.

I don’t think Nathan wanted to confront David that day. He was simply following God’s orders.

If you want to carry out confronting sin for anything but godly reasons check your motives.

Your own sin of power might be clouding your judgement.

If you’re on good ground for stepping in to change a situation by calling someone out then pray hard about it. Then go for it in God’s strength.

We need more Nathans in today’s world.

The line of what sin is has become too blurry these days.

Go in God’s grace.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

A Poem for Moms Everywhere

We’d be nowhere without our moms

Our life begins inside her tum…my

She feeds us food and sings us songs

She lets us know that we belong

When we feel sick she holds us tight

Sometimes we keep her up all night

As we mature she tries to help us

Too oft we insist that we can do this

We’ll never know how many prayers

She sends to God to keep us safer

We tear her heart up when we’re bad

Our hearts break too when she is sad

She loves it when we bring our kids over

The laughter they share is great to recover

As mom becomes feeble it us who now pray

Please, God, don’t leave her like this everyday

Eventually God comes and takes her soul home

A piece of our heart is missing for now

Tears of grief will fall from our eyes

God understands and heals as we cry

Dear child be thankful for the mom that you’re given

With Jesus as savior we’ll meet up in heaven

YOUR HOUSE NOT MINE

Nathan watched David pace. “What are you thinking about?”

David stopped. Looked at the prophet, then his walls. “Is it right for me to live in such an extraordinary cedar palace while the ark of God dwells in a tent?”

Nathan shook his head. “You are clearly in God’s will with whatever you do. How else could you be so successful? Whatever you have in mind to do do it well.”

David smiled as he paced again. “It must be the most magnificent structure ever built for the LORD’s dwelling…”

When Nathan left King David was discussing building details with other advisers.

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God spoke to Nathan that night about the matter. Nathan went to David the next morning.

David was just finishing his breakfast. The smile was still on his face from the previous evening.

Nathan sat across from David and made sure he had direct eye contact. “The LORD spoke to me last night concerning your desire to build Him a structure.”

David pushed his dishes aside. “What did He say?”

“Go to David with this message: Have I ever told anyone to make a building for Me to dwell in? It has been My desire to dwell in tents so My people can come to Me. I called you from tending sheep to lead My people Israel. I have wiped out your enemies from before you to give you peace. Your name has become great among all peoples. I will plant My people in this place but you shall not be the man to build Me a temple. Your son will do that job. I will establish your line through him that will last for all eternity. I will not remove my Spirit from him like I did to Saul.”

Nathan followed David to the tabernacle.

David bowed before the ark. “Why me, oh, LORD? I deserve non of this. Israel is Your nation. I am Your servant. You make it sound like a small thing to establish my lineage forever. How do I fit into this, Your plan? I am humbled. May Your name be magnified forever. There is none like You, my LORD. Now let Your word be fulfilled for Your glory. I desired to build You a house, but You have declared that You will build me a house that will last forever. Let Your promise be kept for Your honor.”

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King David, a man after God’s own heart, desired to build the temple but God said no.

You would expect to see remorse from the man for this divine refusal to be responsible for such an undertaking. Not from David…especially after he heard God’s promise to continue his line of kingship forever.

Yeah, that would blow my mind, too.

I find it interesting that God didn’t speak to David about this matter but chose to talk to Nathan this time.

With the advantage of knowing what would transpire after this event I can come up with some reasons why God did this.

  1. Nathan needed to learn to ask for God’s will in all things. His knee-jerk reaction to the great King David letting him know he wanted to build God’s permanent temple was to tell him yes. He did this because he thought God was giving David the desires of his heart. It made perfect logical sense from where they sat. But God has a different perspective on everything. Never forget that.
  2. Nathan needed to be established as God’s spokesman to David. The king’s power would go to David’s head eventually. Nobody’s perfect. After about a year of trying to cover up his affair and subsequent murder of Uriah, Nathan would confront David with a parable that grabbed David’s full attention. By the time Nathan told David God’s verdict the king knew why he hadn’t heard from God himself.
  3. God chose now to promise the lineage of the Messiah. The Savior of the world had been hinted at so many times through Israel’s history. Nobody knew exactly when it would occur. By pinpointing whose genes the Messiah would come from God let everyone know His plan was still unfolding. The shepherd-turned-king would shape this humble servant leader still to come.

Let me ask you some questions now.

  • Do you seek God’s will in all of your decisions? This could be as big as who you should marry if you’re single to what foods you should eat for each meal. Whose kingdom are you building?
  • Have you chosen your friends well? Do you surround yourself with others who are desiring God’s will for their lives? Or are those around you looking out for their own interests alone?
  • Is the Messiah real to you? This is the most crucial question anybody can answer. Jesus would fulfill all of the promises God made throughout the Old Testament. Choose Him as your Savior.

God seldom answers two prayers the same way. David wasn’t even expecting a response from God in this matter, yet God spoke to him.

God got David’s attention in a unique way to let him know he’s not in this by himself.

Prayers should be sent to God directly. I’m not denying that. But, don’t neglect to let others share input on your decisions as well.

Surround yourself with godly individuals who seek God’s will, too. Sometimes God will shape His response to you through their life experiences to aid you in your decisions.

All of this is for nothing if you reject Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

I refuse to sugar coat that statement. This man who would come from David’s genetics will rule in an everlasting kingdom. God’s promise will be fulfilled.

Anyone who accepts Jesus as anything less will be left out of that kingdom.

That’s not my opinion. That’s God’s declaration.

God has done all He can to bring us into that kingdom.

It’s up to us to let as many people know that as possible.

When you pray to God, surround yourself with godly friends and accept Jesus as your Savior everything will fall into place.

I’ll see you later.   Wade