Friday, March 25, 2005

No Book . . . No Newspaper

Recently I took our sons to McDonalds. We went so they could have fun in the play area but, of course, they wanted a Happy Meal while they were there. While they were playing I was going to read a newspaper but there were none available. As I sat there, desperate for some reading material, I read the writing on the Happy Meal bag and then covetously eyed the man at the next table reading the Toronto Star.

In desperation I went to the car and found the latest issue of Our Daily Bread. The copies we get have three months worth of devotionals in them so I started reading ahead. Sure was good to have something profitable to read in my hand!

Reading the thought for April 17th, I was forcefully reminded of an old quote which has powerfully influenced me in the past. It had been quite some time since I had heard it or read it so it was refreshing to be reminded again. The quote is by the renowned Scottish Presbyterian preacher, Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Speaking of the high-priestly, intercessory work of Christ, he wrote:

"If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference. He IS praying for me."

O that I would remember that truth when I'm fretting about the daily frustrations of life. We have a Father who loves us and His Son, Jesus, pleads our case before His throne. Why do we fear? Why do I? Good question!

"Father, impress upon my stubborn heart the truth that Your Son, my Savior, is infinitely more interested in my affairs than I ever could imagine. Help me to trust Him and quite worrying. I pray in Jesus' strong name. AMEN!" - David

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