Today’s Scripture: For we walk by faith, not by sight: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:7‑8
With winding roads and clear blue skies ahead, the successful couple was enjoying their scenic drive until the inevitable need for gas arose. The husband, a very successful CEO, pulled their sports car into an old fashioned gas station on the side of the road. Just like in the good old days, the station had an attendant who pumped gas for each customer. To the woman’s surprise, the attendant who pumped their gas looked very familiar. “I knew him. We dated in high school!” she said to her husband as they drove away.
“Well, then fate smiled down upon you — you’re lucky you married me! If you would have chosen him, you would have been married to a gas station attendant rather than a CEO!” he exclaimed.
“On the contrary, if you hadn’t married me he would be the CEO!” she retorted.
Everyone wonders what the future holds for them. Curious as to whether or not they will be prosperous, successful, and powerful, the unsaved seek answers and find security through fortune tellers, psychics, tarot cards, Ouija boards and all sorts of other things. One would think that after looking at the little shacks that fortune tellers live in, the rest of society would be able to see that they definitely do not have a good grasp on what the future holds.
Believing in superstition, luck, fate, or karma, people go through life uncertain of their eternal destiny. On the other hand, as believers, we have one source to answer all of our questions—our Heavenly Father. We endure trials and struggles, but we know where to turn and are confident that no matter what happens here on earth, we have an eternity in heaven awaiting us.
Can you remember a time before you were saved when you lay in bed at night and feared what would happen to you if you died? This evening when you go to sleep, not only do I want you to enjoy the blessing of no longer having that fear, but I also want you to consider the many people you pass each day that struggle with that fear. Because those lost people don’t know the Lord, they live in a world of constant uncertainty. Why not pray for an opportunity to put an end to their searching? Make it your goal to reach someone this week with the clear Gospel of Grace.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.