Monday, June 20, 2016

Two Unforgettable Events

Dr. Ronnie Wolfe

Living at the Earl Wallace place was an unforgettable experience for me. Here I will mention quickly two small events that have stuck in my mind since the time they happened.

Dog In The Ice Box
Some of you have already read this story. Today will be a shorter writing of it. For some reason, one day I decided to put our little Beagle puppy in the bottom right-hand cabinet of our ice box. There was no ice in the top ice compartment, so it was not cold; but I put him in there and closed and latched the door. Then I went off and forgot that I had done it. Later that day, we all heard the puppy crying, but no one could find the puppy. Even I looked for the puppy, because I had forgotten what I had done. Eventually, it flashed into my mind what I had done, and, feeling badly about it, I went to the ice box and let out the puppy. I must have got into much trouble over that, but I forgot about that, too.

Half Dollar Under The Floor
While we lived at the Earl Wallace place, somehow I got my hands on a half dollar. I suppose someone gave it to me for a gift. As I was sitting in the front doorway, I was playing around with that half dollar coin. I noticed a small knothole in the floor and began to play around, pushing the coin harder and harder into that hole, thinking the hole was too small for the coin to go through; but suddenly the coin dropped through the hole and under the floor. As far as I know, that coin is still under the house near the front door. When they tear it down, someone needs to find that coin and send it to me.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hear Me When I Call

Dr. Ronnie Wolfe -- Psalm 4:1

When doing my daily reading this morning, I was starting my reading in the book of Psalms; and, when I came upon this verse, it struck me hard. Thoughts of wonder went through my mind.

I thought, "Why should God hear me when I call?" My heart sank low as I thought about my own sinfulness despite the fact that I put forth my best endeavor to be right with God in both my thoughts and my doings.

Why would God answer the call of a man who has sinned so against him? How can a man bring himself to call upon such a holy God? We have no power to comprehend the transcendence of God much less his immanence, his Providence among his creatures. How can I rise above my daily earthly shortcomings in order to make even the least request to such a glorious and perfect God?

The answer is in his love and grace toward his people. He has loved his people with an everlasting love, and he has given commandment for us to call out to him. He is always ready to answer those who come to him without regarding sin in the heart and who truly desire to repent of their daily sins and to grow in grace and knowledge.

It is because of God's great mercy that we are able to bow our heads in strong humility, submitting to his righteousness and his will. We can by no means approach God on legal grounds except for the fact that Jesus is both the Sacrifice for our sins and also our Advocate (lawyer) in heaven where he perpetually intercedes for believers to his Father and our Father.

The verse goes on to say "thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress." Oh, the distress that comes when I feel the weight of sin upon my back, hesitating to pray to God because of those dirty, filthy thoughts that course through my mind at times, those horrible thoughts of doubt, superstition, and even hatred and jealousy! How can I approach him? What will he say. I feel as Job did when he approached God. How can I give answer to God.

Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  THAT IS THE REASON!