I Know Whom I Have Believed In

If you are like me there are a lot of things that we just don’t know. Someone wrote...

“I don’t know where's the beef. How to get to Sesame Street. Why Dora doesn't use Google Maps. I don’t know why all the colors of fruit loops taste exactly the same. How many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. Why eggs are packaged in a flimsy paper carton, but batteries are secured in plastic that's tough as nails. I don’t know why there is Braille on drive up ATM's. Why ‘abbreviated’ is such a long word. Why there’s a D in ‘fridge’ but not in refrigerator. Why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor, yet dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons. Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections. I don’t know why you have to ‘put your two cents in’ but it's only ‘a penny for your thoughts?’ And I sure don't know what Victoria's secret is?”

There are so many trivial things that I don’t know the answers to, but I do know for sure that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is no trivial matter. To know the love of God that He demonstrated towards me while still in my sins, is amazing truth to my mind. It was also a huge deal to John Newton, who wrote the timeless hymn “Amazing Grace.” He said, "I know I am a great sinner, but Christ is a great Savior."

The apostle Paul had this conviction deep in his thinking also when he said, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”

Major Daniel Whittle was a Civil War soldier who was badly injured in a battle. While he was in a military hospital recovering from his wounds, a nurse noticed that Daniel didn’t cuss like all the other soldiers. She also noticed that he had a gentle demeanor about him.

There was another badly wounded soldier who was not expect to live much longer. This young man was begging the non- believing nurse to help him get right with God before he died. So the nurse went to Daniel and asked him to pray with the soldier. But He was not a Christian either, and he didn’t know what to pray for concerning death and the afterlife.

Moments later, moved with compassion, Major Whittle reluctantly agreed. Here are Major Whittle's own words, regarding what happened that night: “I dropped on my knees and held the boy's hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins and asked Christ to forgive me. I believed right then, without any doubt, that God did forgive me. I then prayed earnestly for the boy. He became quiet and pressed my hand hard as I prayed and pleaded God's promises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over the boy's troubled face, and I believe that God who used him to bring me to the Savior, and used me to lead him to trust Christ's precious blood and find pardon for his sins. I hope to meet him in heaven.”

Needless to say, Major Whittle’s life was radically changed that day. And he began to serve God powerfully for the rest of his life. He also wrote the words to the classic hymn, I Know Whom I Have Believed which became his testimony to knowing Jesus Christ as his Savior.

“I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able,
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”

Do you know Whom you have believed in? I promise you, that’s no trivial fact to know!

God bless you,

Pastor Dave

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