Still on the stove
I remember attending a service approximately 20 years ago with a friend. As part of that service they were honoring an old pastor who had served faithfully for over 60 years. I don’t know his exact age but he was well into his 80’s. He needed some help getting to the podium. He hung onto the sides to steady himself. His voice was still strong and certain. I’ll never forget his closing words. After speaking for a few moments he said “I know at this stage of life I’m on the back burner. Don’t forget I’m still on the stove”. My body reminds every day that I’m getting older. However, the fact that I’m still here means God has something for me. I pray that should I be fortunate enough to live to late 80’s or beyond that I never forget that I’m still on the stove. It really isn’t difficult to stay on the spiritual stove. Just don’t give up. In recent years Christians are fond of quoting 2 Ch 7:14 NKJV “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. This verse is absolutely true and I believe God will keep His word. God gave this promise (verse) to King Solomon who never had to put it into practice. It was a promise for future generations. The question I want to pose today is this; Are you okay if God doesn’t fulfill that promise while you’re alive? Will you remain faithful to Him and continue to pray for a great revival even if you don’t get see it with your earthly eyes. That’s what it means to be still on the stove. It means I will continue to believe God and His word regardless of what I see going on around me. You think about that.