Thursday, February 4, 2010
Devil's garage sale
One day, the devil was having a garage sale. It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price.
They were a treacherous lot of implements ...
And so on....
Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, it was well worn and priced very high. "What is the name of this tool?" asked one of the shoppers, pointing to it.
"That is Discouragement", replied the devil.
"Why have you priced it so high?"
"Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man's heart with that, when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me."
We are always out looking for a bargain, shopping all the sales that come along. Enticed into buying little needed or not needed items, because of the lower price. One point we should always remember.
Just because we can buy it, Does not mean we should buy it.
In Isaiah 40: 29 - 31, the Lord tells us not to be Discouraged:
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.