We start at 8:15 PM. Tonight at 8:14 no one was there but me. I was beginning to work out how long I was going to sit there before going home when 5 guys walked in.
Regardless of my commitment not to measure by number, the combination of last week and this was a bit of a challenge for me. As we began to talk. One of the guys shared how he was applying DTTB in studying Colossians, the current sermon series in his church. Later I mentioned the phrase “in Christ,” as a good topical study, he immediately said that he lost count of how many times that showed up in Colossians. It is one of the keys to the book. It was like the Lord tapping me on the shoulder telling me, “He gets it…”
Then one of the men shared how his son is asking him to meet with him in the Bible every night. He said that he felt it was his commitment to come to DTTB that opened that door. I do not know if that is the case, but it was like the Lord was tapping me on the shoulder again saying, “That’s huge.”
There were several other comments tonight that had that same impact. I was lifted from tired and a bit morose to energized and eager.
My Lord did not need to do that. Luke 17:9 – 10 tells me that I am only doing what I am supposed to be. But He is good. He is gracious. He used those men tonight to give me a gift of encouragement.
I am overwhelmed, and grateful.