❊ You have a valuable house or
farm. It is suggested that the title is
not good. You employ counsel. You
have the deeds examined. You
search the records for mortgages,
judgments and liens. You are not
satisfied until you have a certificate,
signed by the great seal of the state,
assuring you that the title is good.
Yet how many leave their title to
Heaven an undecided matter! Why
do you not go to the records and
find it? Give yourself no rest day or
night until you can read your title
clear to mansions in the skies.
—T. DeWitt Talmage
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BIBLE MEDITATION: By Adrian Rogers “He that loveth silver shall never be satisfied with silver.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
We live in a day that has confused luxuries and necessities. Material things can never bring contentment, for they can never satisfy the deepest need of your heart. Either you can’t get enough of them, or when you get them, you find out they don’t meet your need.
Do you remember the story of the little boy who loved pancakes? One day his mother thought she would satisfy him, so she decided she would cook all the pancakes he wanted. He ate the first ones with relish and the second plate—if not with relish, at least with delight. He ate more, and then some more, and she just kept cooking them. Finally she asked, “Johnny, do you want another pancake?” He said, “No ma’am. I don’t even want the ones I’ve already had.”
Now that’s the way it is with silver. “He that loveth silver shall never be satisfied with silver.” When you get it all, it doesn’t satisfy, and you want more.
This round world will never fit into your three-cornered heart. There is nothing wrong with material things; they just cannot satisfy the deepest longing of your heart. Your deepest needs will never be met by material things, only by the living God. I don’t know how much of God you have, but you may have all of God that you want.
This is an audio recording of Dr. B. R. Lakin preaching on Heaven. He is up in age, but the clarity of his message rings true to the heart. I believe this sermon was delivered at Dr. John Rawlings church in Ohio.
B. R. Lakin was born on a farm near Fort Gay, West Virginia, on the Kentucky border. His mother had prayed for a “preacher man” and had dedicated him to God even before he was born. Lakin attended a one-room schoolhouse in West Virginia through the 4th grade. Later, when he realized the need for more education, he attended Moody Bible Institute while pastoring several churches. Eventually Bob Jones University and (the now defunct) Kletzing College bestowed honorary doctorates.
Lakin was converted to Christianity during a revival meeting when he was sixteen and baptized in Big Hurricane Creek. Within a week he had preached his first sermon. During the 1920s he served as circuit-riding preacher, riding a mule from church to church through the mountains and foothills of rural West Virginia and Kentucky. In 1939, he was called to assist E. Howard Cadle (1884-1942) at the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana, a church that seated ten thousand with an additional fourteen hundred seats for the choir. Cadle conducted a daily radio program, “Nation’s Family Prayer Period,” on the 50,000-watt clear channel WLW in Cincinnati, and the program became the most listened to religious broadcast during the 1930s. Upon Cadle’s death in 1942, Lakin became senior pastor and continued the broadcast. Although Lakin did not have Cadle’s charisma, he was heard in thousands of homes across the United States and thereby became a nationally known Gospel preacher.
In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
I do not know why God ever made me, he cried in deep despair. God has not made you yet, said his friend. He is making you and you do not like what is going on. That story neatly summarizes the tenth Psalm. Whoever wrote this psalm was asking the same question. O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide from me when I need you the most? But is this a question or an accusation? If God is distant or hiding, could there be a reason? What is going on here? Is it God s doing or the Psalmists? Who is responsible for the feelings of isolation or separation? Is it doubt or is it distrust? Or is it neither? This psalm does not end where it begins. It concludes with a bold proclamation, The Lord is King forever and ever! And a short time later we read, Lord You know the hopes of the helpless. Surely You will hear their cries and help them. Is God ever absent from the lives of those who look to Him for salvation? It surely seems so. When the ones who claim they do not need God seem to prosper and we who worship Him are forced to go without, where is He? The author does not speculate about what God is doing nor why He does not respond to our cries immediately. He simply reminds us of the grace of God and that in His time and in His way He will hear us and comfort us. Our faith only grows through adversity.
Prayer: Give us courage, Father, to be patient while You work within us to shape us into Your likeness. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today:Psalm 10:17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
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