In The Nick of Time

Hebrews 4:16 promises that when we go to God for help, we will “find grace to help in the  time of need.”

The Greek phrase translated “in the time of need” is a colloquialism, of which the “nick of time” is the exact equivalent:

“That we may have grace to help in the ‘nick of time.’”

This speaks of help and assistance when and where we need it.

Just before the mail carrier arrived, Julia Dixon had accidently locked herself out of her house.

He said, “Mrs. Dixon! You look so upset. What’s wrong?”

“Oh, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she nervously exclaimed. “The door locked behind me, and my neighbor, who keeps a duplicate key for me, is out of town. My husband has a key, but he’s at an all-day conference, and I doubt I could reach him. How will I get back in?”

The mail carrier tried to calm her, advising her to call a locksmith.

“I guess that is my only recourse,” she agreed, “but to tell you the truth, they are expensive, and we can’t really afford any extra expenses right now. Things have been financially tight.”

The mail carrier gently pointed out that she had no other option. “Look, I’d better be on my way,” he said, “but here’s your mail. Who knows? Maybe there’ll be some good news inside one of the letters to cheer you up!”

Julia looked through the envelopes.There was one from her brother, Jonathan. He had visited the family the previous week for a few days.

She pondered, “I wonder why he’s writing so soon.”

When she tore open the letter, a key fell into her hand.

“Dear Julia,” the letter began. “Last week, when I was staying at your house, and you were out shopping, I accidently locked myself out. I asked your neighbor for your duplicate, but forgot to return it. So, I’m enclosing it now.”

“Were the works of God readily understandable by human reason, they would be neither wonderful nor unspeakable” (Thomas a Kempis).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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