Pillar Journal

Simple Trust

She called it “her barrel and her cruse”, for, she said, it had never failed her, and she had fed continually on the “Bread of Life”.

Nancy was an old woman who lived in Scotland long ago. She had been a God-fearing woman for most of her years. Her home was a lowly thatched cottage in one of the quiet glens of Scotland. Now she was sick and was quietly waiting for death to end her sufferings and to take her into the presence of the Savior who she loved. By her bedside on a small table lay her glasses and her well-thumbed Bible. She called it “her barrel and her cruse”, for, she said, it had never failed her, and she had fed continually on the “Bread of Life”.

A young man in the village often came to see her. He was a Christian in name, but not in his heart; he did not understand Nancy’s love of God’s Word. God was not real to him. Yet he loved to listen to her as she talked of her precious Savior. When she spoke of her home in heaven, it seemed very near. The young man was drawn by Nancy’s faith. One day he put this startling question to the happy saint: “What if, after all your watching and waiting and prayers and hopes and expectations, God should permit your soul to be lost forever?”

The faithful old Christian raised herself on her elbows, laid her right hand on her precious Bible, which lay open before her, and turning to look earnestly at the young man, she quietly said in her thick brogue, “And is that a’ ye know aboot the Bible, mon?” Then, her eyes sparkling with heavenly brightness, she continued, “God would hae the greater loss. Poor Nancy would only lose her soul. That would be a great loss indeed; but God would lose His honor and His character. Haven’t I hung my soul on His ‘exceeding great and precious promises’? And if He should break His Word, He would prove Himself untrue and a’ the universe would rush to ruin!”

How simple! How scriptural! How touching was the confidence of that dear old child of God in the certainty of His promises! The Bible promises are “exceeding great and precious” (2 Peter 1:4) in their certainty. Children, you may take those promises and ask God to fulfill them for you, too. You may say to God, “Thou hast promised to answer sinners when they pray to Thee, Lord. Answer me in grace, and make me Thy child.” God is willing to save. Ask Him to give you faith, so that you will love Him and trust Him like Nancy did.

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:2-4).

Question: What has God promised to sinners? What are God’s promises described as in 2 Peter?

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11.

Excerpt from
How God Used A THUNDERSTORM: And Other Devotional Stories
Joel R. Beeke & Diana Kleyn
Illustrated by Jeff Anderson

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Daily Devotional Stories for Children. Scriptural references are taken from the King James Version of the Bible and the questions are based on this. Each story contains recommended scripture reading, prayer points and questions for reflection and application.


How God Used a Thunderstorm and Other Devotional Stories, Volume 1:

The mountains are dark and looming as the lightening splits across the sky. The forest offers shelter and in the distance the traveler spots a lamp. Rushing towards the door, he doesn’t realize that someone has planned this journey. There is a woman in the house who needs to hear about her loving Savior, Jesus Christ. God has sent the traveler to tell her about Himself. There are lots of stories in this book. Read about the thunderstorm, hidden treasure, and a Bible in a suitcase as well as many other stories about how we should live for God and read his word.

How God Stopped the Pirates and Other Devotional Stories, Volume 2:

The themes of the second book in this series are Missionary tales and remarkable conversions. Other themes covered in the series are Living for God and the value of scripture Missionary Tales and Remarkable Conversions; Honoring God and Dramatic Deliverances; Faithful Witnesses and Childhood Faith. Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn have taken a selection of real life incidents and fictional narratives and developed them into a series of devotional books. Scriptural references throughout the book use the King James Version of the Bible and the questions are also based on this version. The stories themselves include a good mixture of historical adventure, childhood experiences, remarkable instances of conversion and dramatic, edge of your seat, rescues from danger.

How God Used a Snowdrift and Other Devotional Stories, Volume 3:

A hostile army is rapidly approaching the little Baltic village. Karl and his mother are in fear of their lives. Karl barricades the door to the cottage but his mother reads the Bible. In the end God uses a snowdrift to protect them from the enemy. So how does He do that? Find out by reading the rest of the story and there are lots of other stories in this book too. Read about the snowdrift, a little slave girl and a fierce Lion. You will also read many other dramatic rescue stories as well as about how to honor God.

How God Used a Snowdrift and Other Devotional Stories, Volume 4:

It was the longest drought that anyone in the county had ever seen. Everyone was praying for rain. The fields were dry, the animals were thirsty and everyone was really hot. But only one little girl really believed that God would answer and she taught her minister a lesson. Find out how she did this by reading the rest of the story and others in this book. Read about the drought, the poor man who was made rich and the shepherd boy who lost his sheep. You will also read about people and lots of children who faithfully stood up for Jesus.

How God Sent a Dog to Save A Family and Other Devotional Stories, Volume 5:

Emma and Alex have had nothing to eat all day and there is no food in the kitchen or the store cupboard. Their mother has no money to buy food and all that she can do is pray that somehow, someone will send them something to eat. But in the morning something is scratching at the door and the children go out to investigate. Find out who or what it is and discover how God has answered the families’ prayers. Read other stories too about flying bread, Martha’s Raven and the Stolen Sleigh. You will find out about how God cares for us and about how Children can believe in him.



Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.

Diana Kleyn is a member of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the mother of three children, and has a heart for helping children understand and embrace the truths of God’s Word. She writes monthly for the children’s section in The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth magazine, and is co-author with Joel R. Beeke of the series Building on the Rock. 


“There are introductions to the world of the imagination in which everything seems new, painted with bright, delicious, and painful colors. No enjoyment can compare to they craving for a story being satisfied. When such tales are joined to eternal truths and winsome lessons, never to be forgotten, what family delights are displayed.” – Geoff Thomas