Rethinking Your Life
WHEN YOU'RE GONE, how do you want to be remembered? What do you want people to write on your epitaph?
MANY of the heroes of faith were buried in caves with nothing written on their graves. But God testified of them.
He called Abraham His friend and David a man after his heart. (Jam. 2:23; Acts 13:22)
They were comfortable when things were certain and felt alive when things were not.
They wrestled their fears, but God clarified their whys on earth.
SOME were ordinary, like Samuel. Others were dissatisfying, like Jacob. (1 Sam. 3:4-20; Gen. 27:36) They were imperfect people whose lives had to be interrupted.
FOR JACOB, the trigger was the consequence of his actions.
At Bethel, he saw angels ascending and descending but seemed not to grasp the enormity of his responsibility. (Gen. 28:10-22)
When God made him a promise, he had a rethink. But, like many of us, it was short-lived.
ON HIS WAY home, he realized that he would have to face his fears, so he sent his family ahead.
While he was alone, he did some thinking and prayed.
O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper.'
He worshipped and gave thanks.
I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack the mothers with their children and me. (Gen. 32:9-11)
Jacob expressed his delight in God, and that's worship. That night the Lord interrupted his life. He became a changed man. (Gen. 32:22-32)
On his sick bed, Jacob testified of God's goodness. He thought he had failed in life but saw that it was glorious.
A FEW DAYS AGO, Pastor Nomthi was laid to rest.
She loved the Lord. Her zest for life was contagious.
She was never oblivious to people's profound moments. Instead, she seized them and changed their lives.
We can't but thank God for her glorious life—and her memory is blessed.
When we lose loved ones, the pain of their absence is what we feel. But we must acknowledge that God is sovereign—and think about our lives.
BRINGING IT TOGETHER
YOUR LOGIC of life may appeal to you, but does it appeal to God?
When your time comes, what will be said of you? Will it be eternally worthy?
It's time to make your way right with God.