Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 1
Verse 28: “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.”
Over the years I’ve watched a lot of competitive games. From my little kids’ football and basketball games all the way up to professional sports. A mistake I’ve made on occasion (from a fans perspective) is to lose the “concept” of the game. I’ve seen teams get over-powered and beaten up, and then turn it around and fight their way back in to the game, only to run out of time and 1 point short. That is disheartening. I remember thinking, “They started out bad, but totally won the second half. It isn’t fair! If they would have had more time, they would have won!” Then I remember the “concept” of the game. The concept of the game is to see who has the most points at the end of an agreed upon time. To say, “Only if we had more time…” is no excuse. Such is the way of salvation. There is a buzzer that will sound one day. It may be at your death or the return of the King, but rest assured – that buzzer will sound and it will be as today’s “gold nugget” says, “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.” Although it isn’t a point system like it is in sports, there is an absolute "done" or "undone" result at the end. Those that have put their faith in Jesus, surrendered their will and followed His teachings will not be undone when that buzzer sounds. As Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” That buzzer is the death that all of us will face one day, unless it is the ultimate buzzer described as the blowing of the trumpet that announces the return of King Jesus. What is most important is that we commit our lives to Him today and when that buzzer (trumpet) sounds, we won’t have to look at the scoreboard. We have already won!
Lord, help us today to make you the Lord of our life and put you first in all we do. We don’t want to postpone you for the pleasures in this world. You are our reason for living and the provider of our peace and joy. Today is the day of salvation! Amen
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