FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
“But I have said these things to you,
that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”
John 16:4 ESV
GOD TELLS US WHAT WE NEED TO REMEMBER
Gary Ingrid, who has written extensively on friendship, tells the tale of some parents on the East coast who got a telephone call from their son during the Korean War. They were thrilled, because they hadn’t heard from him for many months. He said he was in San Francisco on his way home. “Mom, I just wanted to let you know that I’m bringing a buddy home with me,” he said. “He got hurt pretty bad, and he only has one eye, one arm, and one leg. I’d sure like him to live with us.” Sure, son,” his mother replied. “He sounds like a brave man. We can find room for him for a while.” “Mom, you don’t understand. I want him to come live with us.” “Well, OK,” she finally said. “We could try for six months or so.” “No, Mom, I want him to stay always. He needs us. He’s only got one eye, one arm, and one leg. He’s in really bad shape.”
By now the mother had lost her patience. “Son, you’re being unrealistic about this. You’re emotional because you’ve been in a war. That boy will be a drag on you and a constant problem for all of us. Be reasonable.” The phone clicked dead. The next day, the parents got a telegram: their son had committed suicide. A week later the parents received the body. They looked down with unspeakable sorrow on the corpse of their son – who had one eye, one arm, and one leg. (Lee Strobel, God’s Outrageous Claims)
As this story illustrates, life will bring storms and difficult days to all of us. And one of the most important questions will be, “Who will be there for you when they come?” Jesus was warning the disciples of the difficult days ahead. He was also providing comforting words for them to remember when those days arrived. Part of that message was His Spirit’s permanent and powerful presence in their lives.
The old cliche still holds true, “Never forget in the dark, what God showed you in the light.” You may be in a very good season right now. Allow God to pour His truth deep into your soul, so that if and when dark days come, you will be able to remember the victorious truths He has placed in you. If you are in a dark place now, ask God to remind you of His truths that you need right now to see you through to victory.