The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 12, 2014

Missed blessings

ENID, Okla. — A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months, he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealers’ showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that all he wanted as a graduation gift was that car.

As graduation day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.

Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study and told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him.

He handed him a beautifully wrapped gift box. The young man opened the box with excitement, expecting to see the keys to a brand new sports car. Instead, he found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with his name embossed in gold.

Angrily, he raised his voice to his fatherand said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.

Many years passed, and the young man became very successful inbusiness. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old. He thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that awful graduationday.

But before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to him. He needed to go home and take care of things immediately.

When he arrived at his father’s house, sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important documents and saw the Bible … new … just as he had left it years ago.

With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse — Matt 7:11: “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?”

As he read those words, a car key dropped from the Bible. A tag, with the dealers’ name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had so desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation and the words … PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

How many times have we not received the promises in God’s Word or the Covenant by which He purchased our Salvation, simply because we won’t open our Bible, wherein lie the keys of death, hell and the grave, wherein lies life.

PAID IN FULL ... need I say more …

Keep the Faith and worship somewhere today.

Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.

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