I always thought the phrase “I reckon” was peculiar to my West Virginia roots; a “country bumpkin” sort of vernacular for “I suppose”, as in “well, I reckon I’ll head on over to the church”.
But then I noticed the word is in the Bible. Eight times, actually (plus 3 additional instance of “forms” of the word reck0n. 1 “Reckonith” and 2 “reckoning”).
What does it mean, “to reckon”?
(Websters) Reckon: to count or compute, to estimate or suppose, to count up, rely on (as being true), to take into consideration or to consider.
Reckoning: the settlement of an account.
Of the 11 instances of the word’s usage in the Authorized KJV Bible, 3 are “settling of an account”, 1 is a “giving of an account”, 1 is “to take into consideration”, 3 are “to count up or compute” 1 is “to suppose”, 1 is “to give an account of” and 1 is “to consider or rely upon something as being so”.
C. H. Spurgeon once said “Great hearts can only be made by great troubles”.
It took 7 years before one really good doctor finally correctly diagnosed my narcolepsy. Under his treatment, I was blessed with 3 much-improved years. 2011 was a year of some decline, and then, beginning in August of 2011 I started to have a brand new set of unexplained symptoms which in no way fit the profile of narcolepsy. In the last 6 weeks I have gone another several rounds of doctor visits, tests, and all the stress which that entails. It is very frustrating, and I just keep telling my husband (while reminding myself) that “It’s a good thing I trust God”, (because it doesn’t pay to put faith in the medical establishment). A good doctor is priceless, but if my faith were in those guys, I’d have been defeated long before now.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (Ps.121:1-2)
Psalm 118:8 says “It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man”.
My favorite Spurgeon devotional reads as follows:
Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance upon their God. Does this evenings’ portion meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporals, then would we reason with Him awhile. You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your salvation, then why are you troubled? Because of my great care.” Is it not written, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord”? “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make known your wants to God.” Cannot you trust God for temporals? “Ah! I wish I could.” If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust Him for spirituals? Can you trust Him for your soul’s redemption, and not rely upon Him for a few lesser mercies? Is not God enough for thy need, or is His all-sufficiency too narrow for thy wants? Dost thou want another eye beside that of Him who sees every secret thing? Is His heart faint? Is His arm weary? If so, seek another God; but if He be infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why gaddest thou abroad so much to seek another confidence? Why dost thou rake the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough to bear all the weight which thou canst ever build thereon? Christian, mix not only thy wine with water, do not alloy thy gold of faith with the dross of human confidence. Wait thou only upon God, and let thine expectation be from Him. Covet not Jonah’s gourd, but rest in Jonah’s God. Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the choice of fools, but do thou, like one who foresees the storm, build for thyself an abiding place upon the Rock of Ages.—(Morning and Evening Complete and Unabridged KJV P. 135–Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:18