Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Life Without God

What would life without God be like?

I thought about that as I looked at this picture of the little boy facing the giant Sumo Wrestler. It made me think back to the days when I wasn't walking with the Lord, and how I felt when life threw me a challenge.........(very overwhelmed!)

I didn't have any assurance that my decisions would work out. I didn't know whether I was doing what was best. And I certainly didn't believe there was much hope. It was what it was, and that's just how life is--or so I thought.

Then one day, the Lord opened my eyes to His reality. He allowed me to see Him for who He really is--a loving a caring Father who watches over His children--and to know Him personally, not just know "about" Him theoretically. The gospel--which I had heard growing up--made perfect sense to me for the first time.

I had always heard that Jesus died for sinners, but wasn't convicted that I was one. I had always heard that there was a heaven and a hell, but wasn't convicted that I'd be spending eternity in one of those two places. I had always heard that Jesus could save me from God's punishment for my sin, but wasn't convinced that Jesus' death on the cross was a death He died for me and not just the "good" religious folks.

You see, friends, going through life without God can be as overwhelming as being the little boy in this photo. You feel like you just have to take whatever life throws at you. Your kids will be what other kids are. Your marriage will be what other marriages are. The future will be whatever the "future gods" say it will be, and so on and so forth.

This was me for a good portion of my life before the Lord revealed Himself to me and allowed me to hear what He had been telling me my whole life--I love you, I want to forgive you, and I want you to spend eternity with me! I now see that God had been telling me this my whole life, but I wasn't willing, nor wanting, to hear His voice. I believe He's always telling these same things to everybody alive, but like me, not everyone is willing, nor wanting, to hear what He has to say. So, they go on with life, facing insurmountable challenges thinking there isn't a better way, an easier way, and a more certain way, when the whole time God is telling them "There is."

Jesus said "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) God has offered you rest, will you receive His offer? God is offering you forgiveness, will you receive His forgiveness? God is offering you eternity in heaven, will you spend it with Him?

I leave you with these beautiful words that Jesus said to all mankind during His time on earth, and that He still says to us today....

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy. I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly."
-John 10:10