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The Locket

Jan 05, 2011 - 5 comments

It was in a land called Ruination that the locket was first given. An ambassador from the healing fields came to the people of Ruinantion with a basket filled with the golden treasures. Day and night he cried out in the city streets, offering his priceless wares for free. "Take your locket! Take your free locket! It will preserve your soul from the effects of this cursed land! It will ensure you an entrance into the healing fields."
          Many ignored the ambassador, and some showed mild interest. A few approached with questions, such as "Will I become rich? Will I be cured of all disease? Will my house become safe from thieves?"
          To these questions the ambassador would honestly reply, "No, it will neither increase your fortunes nor remove your difficulties in this land. It will keep you from adding to your own sorrows, through, and it will ensure your safety in the healing fields at last, when the land of Ruination comes to an end. Oh, take a locket; take a locket!"
          "What does the locket contain?" a wide-eyed child asked.
           The ambassador eagerly replied, "It contains a drop of the life essence of the great Prince of the healing fields. This is the most precious substance that can be found anywhere under the sun. It is more precious than any amount of good things this land can give you. Please, please, take a locket!"
           Finally a few of the citizens of Ruination edged toward the ambassador with upturned hands. From above, it was a pathetic sight to see. Droves of people darted about, many crippled or ill, dressed in dark, filthy clothing, ignoring the ambassador, while a few ragged ones, mostly children, crept toward him. Into each willing hand he would place a golden locket, which would gleam bright against their grubby fingers. The locket would then be hung around their necks, and they would wander off, some to tell others about the locket-bearer and others not to.
           A week after the ambassador had arrived in Ruination, the dawn brought a band of angry men to the place where he cried out in the street.
          "Some of the ones to whom you gave the locket," they snarled, "have met with misfortune. Disease. Crimes. Even death! The locket did them no good!"
           A muscular, dirty man walked forward holding the pale, limp body of a child. There, tossed among the rags she wore, was the gleaming golden locket."My daughter took one of your lockets!" he cried. "It did not help her! She died of the plague last night in her sleep!"
           A frail-looking old woman limped forward with a locket in her hand. "I took one of your lockets, and I was attacked and beaten by thieves!" she cried.
           A young mother with streaming tears took the ambassador by his collar, sobbing, "All three of my children took one of your lockets, and all three of them were kidnapped last night!"
          The ambassador composed himself and spoke softly. "Certainly the locket is not to blame. Would not these things have happened anyway in this land of Ruination?"
          This question was met with silence. The people knew that their land had always been filled with these terrors.
          "Yet for those who gladly receive the locket," the ambassador said, "there is a safety that transcends the misfortunes of life in Ruination. Those who die with the locket will partake of that life essence given so freely to them by the prince of the healing fields, and they will live at last in a place far more worthy of them than this desperate land!"
          "How can we know?" the muscular man shouted.
          "You must believe," said the ambassador. "Certainly the prince of the healing fields would not leave the people of this land without an escape, for he gave up his very life-essence in order to provide that escape."
          One by one the scorners departed from the ambassador, who took up the task, calling out the passerby, "Please, take a locket! Take a free locket! You will live forever in the healing fields! Please, take a locket!" As he continued to cry out day after day, he heard the scoffing of doubters, felt the sailing stones of haters, and saw the cold, heartless backs of unbelief. The ambassador marveled that the people of Ruination would refuse the hope of life in the healing fields merely because they were not assured of immediate prosperity and perfect safety. Yet to this day he continues to call out, day after day, week after week, year after year, offering his treasures to all who will take them.


"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Try it out: Divide a paper into two columns. On one side, write "Sufferers"; on the other, "ultimate good." Look for biblical examples of people who suffered and give details about how they suffered. Across from each entry write down what ultimate good came from their suffering. (Hint: A good person to start with is Job.)

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by tbabi20, Aug 23, 2011
Elijah fed and cared for during drought.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego - stood for what they knew was right and proved there is a god in heaven.

Daniel and the lions den - He stood for what was right and showed the King that God is the only real god.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.


Peter

Paul

Naboth

John the Baptist

Job

Jesus

Ruth

David

Hosea

Jeremiah

Lot

All throughout Scripture we see examples of the Lord saving His people through tribulation, not from it.

Noah was not saved from the Flood, but through it.

Daniel was not saved from the lions' den, but through it.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were not saved from the fiery furnace, but through it. In fact, Jesus went through it with them, and He will go through the great tribulation with us as well!

The children of Israel were not saved from Egypt before the plagues fell, but afterward. God demonstrated His love and power by preserving them in Egypt through the ten plagues. In the same way, the righteous will be in the world when the seven last plagues fall (Revelation 16), but God will preserve them.

God never promises that our lives will always be easy. Christ prayed to His Father for His disciples, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [one]." John 17:15. Likewise, in 2 Timothy 3:12 Paul states, "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Paul also told a group of disciples that "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22.

Although God does not always provide an escape from tribulation, He does promise to give us the power and strength to get through it. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.

In His parable of the two home builders, Jesus taught that the storm comes to the wise man who builds on the rock just like surely as it comes to the fool who builds upon the sand (Matthew 7:24-27). The storm will come to all.

These Bible characters should show us that whatever problems we face, they are not nearly as bad as some of the things that our bible characters faced. God was with them and he will be with us.

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by tbabi20, Aug 23, 2011
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18.

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by margypops, Aug 23, 2011
Thank you for this tbabi20

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by beau194, Aug 23, 2011
Excellent!  Although God can and has delivered 'from',  I love the emphasis on Gods' faithfulness and assurance to deliver His people 'through it', not 'from it'. Thank you for this. We must, including myself, draw ever closer to the Lord. I feel the time is close upon us where we will surely need God to 'deliver us through'.

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by tbabi20, Aug 24, 2011
Yes, I think too that these bible characters show us that whatever problems we face, they are not nearly as bad as some of the things that our bible characters faced. God was with them and he will be with us too. The story we read just begs us to ask why is it that eternal life, peace and happiness something that people choose to shun?  It's absolutely free but yet we look for riches, fame and popularity rather than what is really important. I think too often we think too much of this life and the present to think about the here after. I don't know why but I would encourage everyone to focus on Jesus and his gift and I'm sure God will take care of everything else. :D

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