That Old Lock

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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I have an old black and silver combination lock, used so often that the black paint on the dial is chipped and worn. My dad used it on his tool box for years, and I used it on my high school and university lockers. Now, I keep it in my gym bag for use at the local club locker room. It was made in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by Dudley Lock, and was patented in 1931. I know the combination by heart, so often have I dialed the old but faithful tumblers. It has endured!

I need endurance, too, not only in exercising, but also in faith to receive God's promises.

Hebrews 10:36-39 – For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him." But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. (NKJV)

The writer of Hebrews wrote to a discouraged group of Christians. They had endured trials for a time, but it appeared that they were falling away from their faith.

Did you know that the Lord repeats the words of Habakkuk 2:4, "the just shall live by faith", three times in the New Testament — Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and here in verse 38 — in order to drive it home for us?

The roughest and most discouraging trials that we go through happen when we are doing God's will to the best of our ability, but the fulfillment of the promises seems so far off in the distance. He allows this to test our obedience and to help us to grow up spiritually. But He has also given us a gallery of faithful believers in Scripture to inspire us. The emphasis here is on living by faith, just as our Bible heroes lived by faith and endured.

Many people start exercising at the gym with great resolutions at the New Year, but drop away after just a few visits. Will we be tempted and be dragged back into old traditions and a mindset that leads nowhere? Or will we be among those believers who last and endure to the end, to receive the promise of God? Let's choose this enduring relationship with God, and let there be no other replacement for Jesus and His saving our souls.

Prayer: We pray today, dear Lord, because we need endurance to do Your will. Keep our eyes on Your promise, because we know that You will come just at the right time for us. May we live by faith, each and every day. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Shirley.

    Amen, Shirley. Thanks for sharing.

    Shirley – how refreshed and challenged I am by your insights. Thanks for faithfulness in sharing.

    Thank you, Shirley, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. God be the glory! Blessings.

    Hi Shirley
    I have been enjoying your devotionals – you are insightful, encouraging and you get to the point.

    Awesome message Shirley. Great reminder to keep our eye on God’s promise.
    Blessings neighbour,

    Hello Shirley,
    Just writing to let you know that your thoughtful devotional was just what I needed this morning.
    God bless.

    Thanks, Shirley, for your words today. Endurance is definitely needed throughout our daily activities and remaining strong in our faith truly carries us through whatever we face. Many blessings for these special writings you prepare.

    Good morning, Shirley,
    Well I could not guess where you might be going with this title. A good message and I appreciate the reminder to endure and live by faith. It is true that it is difficult when we are going through a rough patch and at that time it is most important. I love the song that accompanies your devotional today.
    I appreciate your willingness to share with others so that we know that others also struggle at times in their faith. May you be filled with positive energy and abundance faith as you go about your day. Blessings.

    Thanks, Shirley. I love how stories from our lives can teach us spiritual lessons.

    When I went into Grade 7, we had lockers for the first time. My home room teacher at our middle school anticipated our need for locks and bought a whole class’s worth… about 30. He then sold one to each of us for $2.00. What a deal and convenient!
    They were Dudley locks too and had the familiar black face and chrome body. And they were durable.
    To this day I remember the combination…I’ve forgotten many other things, but not those numbers!

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