Stubborn! The only description for the piece of hardware in my hand is stubborn.
The combination lock on my locker at the fitness center controls my life and emotions. Turn to the right - pause; back to the left - pause; then again to the right. Click should be felt and heard, but the Click is missing.
Again. Try again. Cold silent steel rests in the palm of my left hand. (Who has the patent on this combination lock, anyway?) Even though I try again and enter the correct combination, there is still no response.
Questions form in my mind as I start to develop a contingency plan. A mental inventory reminds me that my keys and driver's license (not to mention my regular clothes and coat) are behind a metal door that might as well be Fort Knox. All because of a combination consternation.
My trembling hands belie the outward façade of calm; at this late hour the center will soon be closing. Larry is out of town. So is David my son. Who am I going to call for help? Why did I come so late in the evening? Did I hear it raining outside?
Prayer…deep breath…command to trembling fingers…Turn to the right - pause; back to the left - pause; then again to the right. Click. Yes! This time the blessed Click is heard and actually felt. Hallelujah! The combination finally worked.
There exists, on a broader, more significant scale, another combination - 16/11/3 - which is always dependable and responsive, never stubborn or difficult. This combination consistently unlocks the door to supernatural, abundant living. In fact, this combination actually opens the Door to Life itself.
Read with me from Psalm 16/verse 11/and discover anew 3 promises: You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Three of life’s most penetrating questions find answers in this short combination:
Where do I find wisdom? You (Click!)
Where do I find joy? You (Click!)
Where do I find pleasure? You (Click!)
As humans, you and I are forever prone to attempt other combinations. We turn to the right - pause; back to the left - pause; then again to the right as we search on our own for the secret combination to life and happiness. We yearn for the CLICK.
Yet, all the while the Click awaits us right here in 16/11/3 in the God of David. When we use the Right Combination, we unlock a life saturated with a supernatural sense of satisfaction.
"Lord, it is true; my deepest desires are daily met in the combination of 16/11/3. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."
Living With Eternal Intentionality: What part of this combination is needed in your soul today? (wisdom or joy or pleasure?)