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Written by Mr. Peter Langbroek
You open the basement door and turn on the light. In your hand are your momÕs old nylons. Mother said to you, ÒCollect the nuts from the basement floor and put them in the nylons. Then hang them on the hooks on the wall.Ó ItÕs cool downstairs as you walk down. You hardly go down there, except to ride your tricycle on the cool cement floor. But youÕre getting too old for that anyway. You walk to the furnace room by the washer and dryer. The cement feels cold because youÕre walking on your socks. There they are! The nuts are spread out on the newspapers by the furnace. It was fun picking them up last month at Van VeenÕs. He has about twenty nut trees behind his garage. You tried one then, but they didnÕt taste so good. Mother said the nuts had to dry a while.

The nuts look tempting. You choose a nut, a fat brown one. You put it in your mouth. By the way, take a nutcracker next time. The nutÕs between your molars. CRACK! PHEW! You spit out the pieces on the ground. You didnÕt expect that, did you? The nut looked so plump, but it was empty! That was too bad!

Boys and girls, IÕve been tricked by empty nuts too. One thing about empty nuts is that you canÕt tell theyÕll be empty from the outside. Only when you crack them, will you know they have no nutmeats in them. Did you know what they called them many years ago? They called them deaf nuts. ThatÕs a good name for those kind of nuts. You tell them you want something to eat, but they donÕt hear you!

Deaf nuts remind me of two things. First, they remind me of empty promises. ItÕs like an uncle who promised his nephew theyÕd go fishing on Saturday. The boy waited for the big day, expecting a fun time with his uncle. He told his mom heÕd catch her a fish as big as Dad. He was up extra early on Saturday. But at 7.00 a.m. his uncle phoned. ÒSorry, I have to work. Maybe next time.Ó We adults disappoint you with promises that we donÕt keep. But what about you? How many of your promises turned out to be deaf nuts?

The world too, is loaded with deaf nuts. Many people have rushed into their empty promises. But the promises of good times, wealth, and power, do not fulfil the promises to those who have devoted themselves to get them.

This is not so with God. He has never broken one promise. Not one promise He makes is a deaf nut. WhatÕs more, His promises are rich, full, and satisfying. He gives many promises in the Bible and we can read how He kept and fulfilled His promises. God gave us one large promise. The promise is found in John 3:16: ÒFor God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Ó

No true believer has ever been disappointed by GodÕs forgiveness of his sins through the blood of Jesus Christ shed upon the cross. No true believer will be disappointed when he enters the kingdom of God after death or when the Lord Jesus Christ returns. The apostle Paul was one such believer whom the Holy Spirit inspired to write: ÒFor all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by usÓ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

ThereÕs a second thing deaf nuts remind me of. They remind me of those who act like they love God on the outside but do not fear Him on the inside. They say the right things and do the right things. TheyÕre obedient, go to church. They donÕt lie, cheat or steal. Nevertheless, they are deaf nuts. Why? ItÕs because they do not fear the Lord with their hearts. Remember, if you do not fear God with your heart, youÕre empty inside and all your nice words and good actions mean nothing in the eyes of God. We have a hard time knowing whoÕs a deaf nut, but God knows. And everyone will know when God will send His Son to judge mankind on the Last Day. It will be a dreadful day for those who have had the rich, satisfying, and free promises of God offered to them, and they refused to accept them. Woe to that person who thought GodÕs promises were deaf nuts!

The nuts are on the basement floor. You pick up another nut and crack it. Yes! That nut had a nutmeat in it. Did it taste good? Children, if you fear God, youÕre like that nut. YouÕre full of the riches of Christ in your heart and GodÕs promise of eternal life has already been fulfilled in you. Remember and continue to live by what Samuel told the Israelites years ago: ÒOnly fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for youÓ (1 Samuel 12:24).

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