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Throwback Thursday: At a Price

AT A PRICE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…

John 19:17-18 (NKJV)

As I came into the house after my walk, I thanked God as usual. I am almost totally blind, and I normally walk alone. Therefore, I always thank God for keeping me safe from harm. That particular day I was giving details in my thanks. “Thank You, God that I did not fall down or become a victim of some crime. I really thank You that I did not get hit by a car…” That is when I realized that He has rescued me from something much worse than getting hit by a car.

I began asking God for forgiveness. He has kept me from an eternity in hell. Not only have I been saved from the horrors of hell, but that cost Him something. It costs Him nothing to keep me safe every day, but the price for my salvation was extremely high. It cost God His only begotten Son.

How could I be so grateful for safety without thanking Him daily for the enormous price of my salvation? This needs to go beyond the simple gratitude for saving me. I need to be reminded of the cross of Christ every day. I want to remember the beatings which pierced His skin. I want to remember the thorns pushed into His head. I want to remember the nails in His hands and feet. I want to think about the splintery cross as He hung there gasping for air.

We get so caught up in today – our needs for today, our blessings for today – that we sometimes forget that all this doesn’t cost God anything. Our salvation cost Him everything. I still thank God for my safe walks and rightly so, but I make a point to remember how He rescued me at a price.

Lord Jesus,

Help me remember the enormous suffering You endured on my behalf. Thank You for making it possible for me to receive salvation. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 19:1-24.

HIKING THE TRAIL

During this Easter season, reflect upon the great price that was paid for your salvation. If you have any doubts about your salvation, ask God to forgive you for your sins, and commit your life to Him. If you have questions, feel free to contact me: devotionsforyou@gmail.com

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Angels Watching

 

ANGELS WATCHING

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Ps. 91:11(NKJV)

God and His angels are always with us. I have seen the evidence of that when I go walking, and I encounter lawn mowers, a blind person’s worst enemy. Just last week, I heard a lawn mower on the next block, and I decided to go down a different street. It was unchartered territory for me, and my only thought was to make the right turn on Elm Avenue, but I forgot about the alley. When I felt the open space, I assumed it was Elm, but it led me to someone’s yard. Where was my street?

Before I realized what I had done, Shirley, my neighbor, appeared. Now Shirley is not an angel, but that particular day, she was heaven sent. She explained that she had heard my cane tapping, and she knew that I was not on my regular path. She directed me on down to Elm Avenue.

I saw the watchful care of my heavenly Father that day. It gave me the confidence to walk on new streets, which I had been hesitant to try.

Friend, there are angels watching over you too. They are on your job, at your home, and on the highways. “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Ps. 91:9-10). We have confidence that God will not allow any harm to come to us. You are thinking, “What about the time…?” That was my thought when I first read these verses, but sometimes, God allows things to happen for His own purpose and glory. God is our refuge, our habitation, our dwelling place. If He cares enough to get a blind lady on the right street, think what He will do for you!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.