When I was about five or six years old (1935-36) I was playing in the pasture on my grandfather’s farm, where we lived. The pasture was enclosed by an electric fence, designed by my grandfather. It was a barbed wire fence connected to the power line with two or three light bulbs wired in the circuit to reduce the voltage. A horse and a couple of cows had been electrocuted on the fence. While I was playing I wanted to cross the fence and, without thinking, grabbed the wire. What a jolt. I couldn’t let go. Fortunately my dad was within hearing distance of my screaming and came running. He grabbed my arm and jerked it free from the wire, but not without ripping my hand on the barbs. Dad was there when I needed him the most. I don’t think it was an accident. I’ve been in worse predicaments in my life, but I have a Heavenly Father who is always there. I believe dad saved me from the consequences of an ill designed fence. I know God saved me from much worse consequences of a foolishly lived life. He’s always there. He never fails. The purpose of my book, Transformation The Servant’s Heart–A Life of Faith is not to do what only God can do, but to remind all Christians that there are a lot of attitudes and actions that grab us and won’t let us go without the strength of the Father. By the way, Granddad disconnecdted the fence and bought a commercial control.
This morning I was reading Proverbs 15 as the scripture for my daily devotional time. There couldn’t have been a more appropriate choice. Obviously I didn’t make the choice. I just followed the directions of the devotional book that I use. In the past few days I have found myself in a difficult financial position. There are many reasons for this, most of them my fault, but I found myself worrying about what I can do about it and found no good answer. According to my book, Transformation The Servant’s Heart–A Life of Faith, anxiety is a sin, a destroyer of a good relationship with the Lord. Then why am I worrying? The solution, as stated in Philippians 4:6, 7 is to turn to Him in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. It works. I can trust Him for the solutions I need. In reading the Proverbs 15 I was reminded that I am guilty of hypocrisy because of my tendency to criticize others when I don’t agree with them or like their attitude. That too is an issue in my book. I need to love everyone sincerely. God is the judge and the one who disciplines those He loves, not me. I want to take His discipline seriously and repent and have the mind jof Christ, the third subject in my book. Trust, love and humility; all of this is why I hope many will buy, read and study what Transformation talks about. I’m not alone in my troubles. In addition to these primary things, good sales of my book would solve my financial problem. Praise the Lord. He is so good.