King's Business - 1948-01

Bill's heart was full of praise.

the Lord had laid it upon the hearts of the members. to send six dollars to Mr. P. “ And please,” the letter conclud­ ed, “ let us know if this amount met a real need.” Of course, a happy, grateful letter was mailed at once to the missionary society of faithful women whose ears had been tuned to hear the voice of the Heavenly Father. The story of Bill’s need and his prayer for shoes was told. By checking on the time, it was learned that the very day that Bill prayed, God spoke to the members of the missionary society to answer his prayer. Needless to say, the shoes were pur­ chased and Bill wore them to Sunday school. But, best of all, Bill’s heart was full of praise and thanksgiving to his loving Heavenly Father who had heard and answered his prayer. He was a boy with a thankful heart because he had learned to know God a little better and to love Him more.

As Told to Martha S. Hooker

M R. P. was at his desk in his study early one Thursday morning when the door opened and in walked his twelve-year-old son Bill. “ Hello, Son, what can I do for you?” he asked, as he looked up from his Work. Surely Bill was facing some important problem or he would not take time off on his way to school. “ Dad,” Bill went right to the point, “ May I have some money to buy a new pair of shoes to wear to Sunday school next Sunday? I just can’t go if I have to wear these,” and Bill displayed two very “ holey” soles. A troubled look came over his fath­ er’s face. “ I wish I could do it, Son, but I have only two dollars in my pocket and you know it has to be used to buy food for the seven of us.” But Bill would not be put off. “ Dad,” he persisted, “ Couldn’t we pray about it?” “ Of course, my boy; forgive me for forgetting.” The two bowed their heads, while young Bill poured out his heart to God, the Heavenly Father, ask­ ing definitely for a pair of shoes for the next Sunday. Then with a hurried, boy­ ish kiss, he dashed away to school, with a light heart, leaving his problem in the hands of the Lord. That afternoon, Bill hurried home from school, asking expectantly as he en­ tered the house, “ Mom, was there any mail?” Though the answer was “ No,” Bill’s faith was unshaken. Were there not two mails tomorrow, and one on the next day, before Sunday? But on Friday, the answer was still, “ No mail,” to his eager question. “ Maybe the Lord wants me to wear these shoes again next Sunday,” Bill said thoughtfully at the close of the day, “ and if He does, I’ll be willing to do it,” On Saturday there was only one de­ livery of mail in the morning. Never had Bill waited for the postman with such interest. He reasoned that if it seemed best to the Lord, his prayer would be answered; God was certainly

A t last the mail came, and yes, there was a letter addressed to Mr. P .! With a trembling hand, Bill carried it to his father. Mr. P. opened it quickly, and sure enough, out fell a check for six dollars! Bill shouted joyfully, “ Oh, Dad, I knew He would do it!” Mr. P. read aloud the letter which accompanied the check. It had been sent by the secretary of a missionary society from a church some distance away, a church in which Mr. P. had never preached or even visited. The letter stated that on Thursday morning when the missionary society was in session,

Verses for New Year

"N ow is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2 "Even a child is known by his doings." Prov. 20:11 "W e love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19

"Y e are my friends, if y e do whatsoever I command you." John 15:14 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above." James 1:17 "A ll we like sheep have gone astray." Isa. 53:6 "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth." Eccl. 12:1 New Things by M. S. H.

Lord while here on earth, but in heaven we will join the redeemed, in singing a new song. Let us open our Bibles at Revelation 5:9 and read this beautiful song about our Lord Jesus. There are still more new things men­ tioned in God’s Word — mercies, “ new every morning” (Lam. 3 :2 3 ); a new heaven and a new earth (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1) and a new way into His very presence through the death of the Lord Jesus (Heb. 10:20). What a long list of new things we have found in God’s Word! Let us be­ gin the New Year by thanking our Heavenly Father for all of these won­ derful new things which belong to every boy and girl as well as every grown-up who has accepted the Lord Jesus as Saviour.

January is the month of new things. It is the first month-of our New Year. God’s Word abounds in new things. Let us find some of these new things and write them down in our notebooks. We will first turn to Second Corin­ thians 5:17. From this verse we learn that when one accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour, he becomes a new creature. Ezekiel 36:26 speaks of a new heart which only the Lord can give. In Isaiah 62:2 we read of a new name. Many verses speak o f a new song. The Christian life is a life of singing, sing­ ing in the heart as well as with the lips. “ He hath put a new song in my mouth” (Psa. 40.3); “ O sing unto the Lord a new song” (Psa. 98:1). But not only do we sing new songs of praise unto the

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