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Reggie and the Big City

By Harold Smith

Reggie was a young man now, and he came home one night and said to his mother, "Mother, I'm moving to the big city, I've got a a job there". Mrs. Banks, his mother, was really glad that he had found a job, but at the same time, she was bit concerned about him. So as she packed his bag, she put his Bible in - you see, Reggie was a Christian. She said, "Now Reggie, don't forget your daily reading! Whatever else you may miss, don't miss that! You know how God has often brought to your mind during school years, when temptation was there, verses that helped you get over rough spots in your school life. He'll do the same for you out in the big city". So this day out in the big city (it was June 3rd), Reggie, true to his word, read his Bible. His text that day was in 1 Thessalonians 5, verse 22: "Abstain from all appearance of evil", and Reggie kept that in mind all that day. At lunch time, a group of young fellows stood around discussing the horse races. One of them said, "Which horse are you going to bet on today, Reggie?" "No horse at all", Reggie said. "Oh, you're too much of a saint to do that", he replied, "There are plenty of good people who bet on horses". Reggie said, "God says 'Abstain from all appearance of evil'", and quietly walked away. You see, his daily reading was right there with him. The devil tried to tempt him to get in on the betting on horses and he was delivered from that because he had hid the Word of God in his heart that morning. David said, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" - Psalm 119:11. It's committing the Word of God to memory that enables us to have it to use in a time of trouble or a time of temptation, committing His promises and His commandments to memory, so that we can walk in a path that's pleasing and glorifying to Him. A path of obedience is a happy path. A disobedient citizen in our country is always running away from the law, always hiding; and so it is with God. If you've disobeyed God, you're always running away from God, you're afraid of Him; but if you obey Him, you'll be happy. But you must trust Him first as your Savior before you can really obey Him. Trust Him and be saved, and then obey Him!