Very few among us have ever really given God a chance. By “a chance” I mean honestly giving Him a fair shot at not just generating a miracle in our lives… but at running our lives His way.
Folks like to think they know all there is to know about themselves and most of their situations. Thankfully, not me. Oh, I used to feel that way… at least mostly, but sinful life unraveled that folly pretty quickly.
Holy Spirit approached me very simply and honestly… “Just give God a chance,” He said. “Just try Him and see what happens. Give Him an honest-to-goodness try and see whether or not He delivers you and comes through for you.”
So I did, and He did. God always keeps His word – always. He absolutely, positively never fails. When people reject or forsake Him and wind up in Hell, they’ve failed… not God. When we genuinely trust and obey the Lord through to the end, His Way and Plan always works to our salvation, benefit, and blessing. Always.
Heaven is filled with all those who just gave Him a chance.
What would you do with the opportunity – nay, the privilege – to witness Christ to people as they approached the very edge of the abyss? I don’t mean tell them along life’s way where they have plenty of time to forget; I mean what if you are literally their last chance to be saved? If you had the chance to tell them – not “preach” to them by the world’s definitions, but lovingly proclaim Jesus as Savior – would you take it with all your might? Or would you let them breach the precipice of eternity unsaved – one by one – and be lost forever?
Would you clutch each of them to your bosom and pray all the heart of God and Blood of Jesus into them to redeem their perpetual cause, whether they ultimately listened to you or not?
So would I, my friends… so would I…
Merciful, merciful God – this is Your doing, not mine… and I absolutely love You.
When life changes abruptly – you know, the “suddenlies” – a part of you says, YES! It’s finally here!!! And another part of you wants to put on the brakes, even for things you’ve been praying for forever. That’s us humans for you.
I’ve been annihilated by the “suddenlies” over the past 18 months, and I’m glad… from my heart I can say honestly that I am joyously overwhelmed by the about-face changes God has made in my life. But there are also parts of me still recovering from emotional wind-burn and jet lag.
Jesus enables me to do all things through faith in Him; when I look around I feel entirely blessed. God in me handles the blessing, because my coffers have been enlarged and so has my territory. He is the complete Guardian against my flesh, pushing it backward and beckoning my spirit forward.
God is my shock absorber – He’s the only One Who can be – I cast my cares on Him.
The sun comes out again, and I say, “Thank You, Jesus, for the warm beams that change me and saturate me with nutrient life.” Jesus is the “Son” that never sets, and He carries me through the suddenlies until my legs and feet are rested, and then I am just fine. Then, in Him, I am contentedly braced for more suddenlies, and my being is evenly browned by the light of His Love.