2017-10-05 / Opinions

Deer hunter makes remarkable shot; it went in one ear and out the other

By ROGER ALFORD
columnist

Perhaps you heard about the fellow who decided to take his wife deer hunting.

Oh, it was a fabulous day as they sat on a hillside waiting on a big buck to walk into view. And they didn’t have to wait long.

When that deer with his huge antlers popped into view, two shots rang out simultaneously. That’s when the argument broke out between them about whose shot actually killed the deer.

A conservation officer happened along just in time to resolve the argument. He took one look at the deer and knew immediately who killed it.

“It was your wife who shot it,” the conservation officer declared. “See here; the bullet went in one ear and out the other.”

If you liked that old joke, you can thank Brice Thornton of Frankfort, Kentucky, who sent it along to me. Brice is a middle school student who obviously has a keen sense of humor. I absolutely appreciate that people of all ages read this devotional column and offer ammunition that helps me put it together each week. When it all comes together, we get to share a laugh and ponder a biblical truth.

It’ s the nature of all Christians to share our faith, and one easy way is to pass this column along to our friends and relatives.

In the Book of Acts, we learn about a good man named Philip who had the opportunity to share his faith in Jesus with a fellow from Ethiopia who was returning home from Jerusalem. He was reading the words of Prophet Isaiah:

“Like a sheep, He was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opens not his mouth. In his humiliation, justice was denied Him.”

The Ethiopian asked Philip who those words referred to.

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and, beginning with this scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus” (Acts 8:37).

Philip explained that Jesus is the lamb of God who offered his life a sacrifice when He has crucified.

“And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What prevents me from being baptized’ And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him” (Acts 8:37-38).

The great hope of those of who share in this column is that it might trigger someone to consider Jesus.

Sometimes, we may feel like the wife on that deer hunt, that our words go in one ear and out the other. But the Bible gives us assurance that that isn’t the case.

“My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” (Isaiah 55:11).

(Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.)

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