You may be totally different than I am when it comes to keeping passwords on all your different accounts.
I have about three to four different passwords which I use regularly.
It becomes a problem when I can’t remember which password I used for which account!
It happens quite often!
Just recently I needed to log onto a site directly related to this website, and of course I couldn’t remember my password, so I hit that “lifesaver button” which says, "Forgot Password?"
I thought I was in the clear. Until they asked me to answer the security question!
Oh, this will be a breeze. Or, so I thought!
Time after time of typing in what I "KNEW" was my answer, they kept giving me the same response, "The security question answer you entered does not match the answer set in your account!"
After thirty minutes or so of typing in every possible answer I could think of, I finally gave up and decided to tackle it some other day!
But the Lord used it as a great lesson for me and I’d like to share it with all of you!
As I sat in total frustration over being locked out of my account due to a forgotten password which turned into a forgotten security question, it was as if the Lord tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Barb, aren’t you glad you don’t need to use a password each and every time you want to open my Word?"
Could you imagine needing to remember a password EVERY time you wanted to read the Word of God?
Guess it wouldn't be much of a problem if you're spending time reading your Bible each and EVERY day!
What if your account got hacked and in a rush you typed in a new one, and the next day you couldn’t remember the new password! You'd be locked out of God’s Word!
What about in the middle of the night when you're in physical pain or emotional distress? When you truly NEED to be comforted by God's Word? I don't know about you, but I'd be in a big mess because there's no way I'd be able to see in the dark, without my glasses on, to type in a correct password to open the Bible app on my phone!
How about if your church does door-to-door witnessing? Once you introduce yourself and the gentleman seems quite interested in what you have to say, how embarrassing to stand in front of him trying to punch in the password to your Bible, just to have it keep rejecting it because you keep hitting the wrong combination due to your hands shaking out of excitement and a touch of fear!
Or maybe you teach a Sunday School class. Just as you are asking your class members to turn to a certain passage of Scripture, you feel a knot in your stomach as you realize you are drawing a complete blank on your Bible's password! So as your class is waiting patiently for you to impart godly wisdom to them, you're still stumbling around trying to unlock your Bible!
I know all of this sounds rather silly!
But it really did make me stop and think.
Think about what?
How often do I take the Word of God for granted?
Forgetting about all those who are longing to own a copy of God's Word, and yet I have two Bibles plus a Bible app on my phone and one on my tablet.
Have you ever witnessed, either in person, or by way of a missionary's slides, the absolute joy on the faces of those receiving a Bible for the very first time? It's absolutely breathtaking! They cry tears of sheer joy!
When's the last time I was moved to tears over the privilege of owning my own copy, several copies, of God's Word?
How often do I take the time to thank the Lord for His Word?
"Thank You, Father, for allowing me to have Your Word and for giving me Your Holy Spirit which leads me into wisdom and understanding of what I'm reading."
Or do I treat my Bible as just another book?
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
If I was really "locked out" of my Bible for several days, how much Scripture would I have memorized which I could recall to mind?
For several days would I need to live off of,
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Or would I have a huge stockpile of Scripture memorized to choose from?
A very sobering thought.
Or a REALLY great motivation to memorize more Scripture!
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Has Bible reading become just something to do so when the Pastor asks, "How many of you spent time reading your Bible this past week?", I can raise my hand up high for all to see?
Is it just something to check off on a daily Bible reading plan to ease my conscience?
Or do I slow down and REALLY read the words and meditate upon them, asking the Lord to use His words to grow me and change me more into the image of His Son?
"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
When I take a vacation do I take my Bible along so I can spend time reading and fellowshipping with the Lord every day?
Or when I go on vacation, do I also take a vacation from my Bible knowing I just won't have time to fit Bible reading into my busy schedule of fun which I have all planned out?
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
When I read my Bible and the Lord speaks to me about something specific concerning my life, perhaps a certain sin which He wants removed or maybe something which He desires for me to put into practice, do I obey what I read, or do I just close my Bible and go on my merry way?
"But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it."
When God's Word is preached from the pulpit of my church do I sit up straight, pay attention, take notes, listen with both ears wide open and with a teachable spirit?
Or do I use the time to grab a few winks, catch up on the latest gossip on facebook, use the church bulletin as a doodling pad and think about where I'd like to go for lunch?
“ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
II Timothy 3:16
I told you the Lord gave me an object lesson just from the simple act of forgetting my password!
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