Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

God wastes nothing in the lives of his children. No tragedy, no triumph, no sickness, no promotion is outside of his plan for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). Sometimes, though, people waste these opportunities. When someone faces a life-threatening illness or a life-taking tragedy, we, who by the grace of God have believed, often think, "as awful as this is, surely he or she will turn to God for comfort and hope."  When a windfall comes, and it is clearly a providential blessing, we think, "surely they will see the goodness of God, repent, and follow Christ." 

Yet how often that does not happen. The person who is not faithful to God before surgery is often not faithful to God after the surgery was successful. The unbeliever who heard, "this may be cancer," before the biopsy is not likely to believe when the doctor says it was not cancer.

Tragedy does not save us any more than a clear diagnosis does. Almost every man, woman, boy and girl prays to God for help in times of trouble, and almost as many turn from Him when the trouble has passed. The only power capable of changing a life is the gospel of Jesus Christ believed, received, and followed. 

God does not waste anything. We often do.

Pray, preach the gospel, love, repeat.