When I first met Ken I wasn’t real confident he’d take me up on my invitation to come out to church. I’d knocked on his door and when he opened it for the first time I thought the vapors from inside would raise MY blood alcohol level from zero to an illegal limit, ha ! Second hand inebriation ! Anyway, we chatted and he didn’t seem very responsive to the gospel as I witnessed to him.
But time went on and God used circumstances in his life and mine and Ken and his children eventually started to come to church ! It was not very long ago that Ken responded in the invitation after the sermon one Sunday morning and he prayed the sinner’s prayer !! That was a great day for him for sure. But a call I received from him yesterday I thought I’d like to share with you. To give you the context I’ve been helping him with a family matter and he’s been worrying a good bit about it so he’d asked me what he could read in his bible. I suggested Matthew 6 toward the end of the chapter where Jesus said, “Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or what shall we drink . . .But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (6:31-33).
But Ken misunderstood me and when he called the next day he started to go on and on about the birth of Jesus, His teaching & miracles, and His crucifixion. He said “I started at 1:30 in the afternoon and broke to make dinner then at 10 p.m. I finally finished and then prayed !” He’d read his first book of the Bible, the entire book of Matthew ! He told me, “At first I thought, Pastor, what did you get me into, but then I couldn’t put it down !!” That next day God wonderfully answered a prayer about his family situation too !!
But the whole incident reminds me of what Peter wrote about in 1 Pt.2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.” Aren’t we often like Ken? In the sense that we have troubles too and we fret and fume and fuss and all the time we have the precious Word of God to alleviate our fears, show us the way, and give us the strength to press on ! Maybe we need to just a take a good chunk of “our” time and be still and know that He is God. Perhaps its time to sit for a spell and be reminded of things you’ve already read in this blessed Book but need to read again and saturate your mind with the encouraging truth therein. Ken desires even more the Word than he did just a couple of days ago, because he’s saved and just took some time to learn about and spend more time with His Savior. He said now he will read Job ! Go for it, Ken – will YOU too?