Tuesday, July 2, 2019 -
Today I found out “C” has been designated to a camp, and to the one, he’s requested, Terre Haute, Indiana. He still has about eight years of incarceration left, but this will make it much easier for him. I saw him in the chow hall tonight and told him how happy I am for him. He estimates he’ll be shipped in about a month. I will sorely miss him when he’s gone, as he’s been an encouragement to me in the Lord and vice versa.
“C” trusts the Lord fully, but he is justifiably anxious, as he’s desirous of genuine Christian fellowship. So please pray for him. Pray for the salvation of his two sons, his sister, niece, and cousin. His heart is broken for them. He was happy to be moving closer to his hometown of Indianapolis, but his sister and niece just moved to Minnesota.
Last night I was in great pain, some of it rather severe. I know exactly what it is, as I’ve experienced this same pain in the past. It is due to a side effect from the cholesterol drug they’ve had me on since I’ve been here. The pain has gotten progressively worse for the past couple of months, and last night it kept me awake for much of the night. My doctor at home switched up the medications for probably better than a year till finding something that didn’t cause severe pain, but the prison medical authorities refuse to give me that specific drug, saying the one they gave me is the only one they have. So I woke up this morning intending to not take any more of it! I was so tired I could not function properly all day and took three naps! So I really don’t have anything the Lord has provided for me today. Except! Kathie emailed me with a word the Lord gave her. So I will attempt to convey her thoughts here.
Proverbs 1:27-29 says what will happen when people “do not choose the fear of the Lord”. He says they will call upon Him when calamity suddenly appears, but God will not answer. In Proverbs 8:13 we are told, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate.” This describes most of the people here in prison, even those who claim to be born again!
In the first verse of chapter 2, then, we find a number of “ifs”. “My son, IF you will receive my sayings, and treasure up my commandments with you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; IF you seek her as silver, and search for her hidden treasures…” In the next verse, then, we are promised the fear of the Lord, “Then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.” Therefore the studying of the Scriptures results in the fear of the Lord, which means we, like God, truly hate evil! Thanks to you, Kathie, for this word.