February 8, 2018
Pennies from Heaven
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. – Isaiah 28:10
People these days do not always see the value in a penny. They usually do not bother to pick up the ones they drop, but I pick them up!
I was born in an era when a penny bought something. Penny candy was in, a postage stamp was only three cents, and bread cost about a dime. A penny was not lightly cast aside! Those were the days before credit cards—people paid cash or went without. Individuals saved their pennies for a “rainy day,” and those pennies added up.
Watch the way older folks budget their money. They make their pennies count. They do not waste much, and they pay as they go. I collect those pesky pennies and roll them into paper sleeves. When the sleeve is full, I have fifty cents. One more sleeve, and I have a dollar. Ten sleeves add up to five dollars. Now I can buy something!
As I stack those pennies into the paper sleeves, I am reminded of the Christian’s growth. When we begin our walk with the Lord, we are not instantly filled with all the wisdom and knowledge we will need. We learn line upon line, precept upon precept, and a new lesson every day. God is so faithful to teach us. Every lesson is of more value than money, and they are added to the valuable treasures that we are laying up in Heaven.
God’s laws are precious. The Bible says, “More to be desired are they than gold...and in keeping of them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:10-11). These lessons must not be wasted or cast aside. Look at them as “pennies from Heaven.” Collect them all!