Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's Thursday - Number 57 Howard Webber


Thursday 11 February 2016

Thursday word from Genesis 57

'They also took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan, and Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt,' Genesis 46:6

One can imagine the carts meandering along the dusty track all the way to Egypt like a wagon train, laden with the wives and children and belongings of the brothers, (v5,6), even though they were told that they need not bring their belongings, (45:20). 

It isn't always easy to part with our belongings; to dispense with what we have become attached to. Often we don't have to, but there are circumstances and times when God requires it. May none of us be so attached to 'things' that we cannot part with them should God require it of us.

One is reminded of that rich young ruler who met with Jesus, (Luke 18:18-23). With all his goodness and virtue, the one obstacle he had to receiving eternal life, was that he just could not part with the 'things' he had. Had he been willing, I sometimes wonder whether Jesus would have actually had him part with them. What he requires is our willingness to part with them; that pleasing him be our foremost desire; that we recognise him to be the rightful owner and Lord of all we have. Sometimes he wishes us to keep what we have and dedicate it to his service, considering it to be his, acknowledging him as the owner rather than ourselves. 

God bless you all.

Howard Webber

'I first received a copy of Howard Webber’s book, Meeting Jesus, October 2012 as a gift from General Linda Bond(R). Howard’s straight forward and real life stories of the challenges of evangelism inspired me. I shared a copy with the principal of the training college and we agreed that every cadet would receive a copy.
In my opinion Howard has done it again. He has written a candid and straightforward description of the struggles of a follower of Jesus midst the difficulties in of life and Christian service. Read this book with a spirit of joy. Be in prayer. You will discern wisdom, uncover resources and see insights in dying to self and living for Jesus. Your life will be deepened.'
Commissioner David Jeffrey. The National Commander of The Salvation Army USA

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