Every person reading this has been given a blessing from God. For example, I know a pastor that’s fond of telling a story of how his church was in dire need of a new roof, and while the church was praying and saving, the roof had not yet been purchased or provided. Then a storm came and caused some damage to the top of the church building. The insurance company was contacted and someone came to look at the roof. It wasn’t long before he told the pastor, ‘You know, you’ve got damage here and here, so I’m just going to write you up a new roof.’
I have a somewhat similar story. When my wife and I moved here to Tupelo for my job at American Family Radio News, we had a really hard time selling our home in another state. Thankfully, a renter came forward and that helped pay the mortgage payment, but the tenant later took a job in another state and we put the house back on the market for sale. Weeks went by, months even, and it reached a point where we could not afford to make the house payment and cover our other bills. We prayed. I had my colleagues here in the newsroom praying. My church was praying. That is until one Sunday night when my pastor preached a sermon on God’s Will. It spoke to me, as my house was about to go into foreclosure a mere 48 hours after the sermon.
Two days later, when the house was about to be taken, I had a really great talk with God. I prayed and told Him how we thanked him for that house, and I told Him that we were going to leave it up to Him at that point. “Come what may, we have our faith and trust in you,” I said. Later that morning, I sat down in my cubicle to begin yet another chaotic news day. I kid you not, the first email I saw was from my realtor. We had an offer on the house. Needless to say, it was enough to cover the home and please the company we owed money to at that time. A few weeks later, we made the drive over to sign the contracts and we were finally out of that situation. Praise God!
While I began this blog saying that ‘every person reading this has been given a blessing from God,’ I assume someone will beg to differ. “Nothing good has ever happened to me,” he or she might say. That man or woman is wrong. God has given us Jesus, his only Son. He came and died for the sins of all mankind, even when did not love or know Him. In doing so, Jesus provided us a way to have eternal life, one far greater than we'll ever experience on this rock. All God asks for in return is that you believe and repent.
Tell someone your God story today. And if you ever hear someone say, ‘Well, God’s never done anything for me,’ politely tell them otherwise. It just might be how that person comes to Christ.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17)
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23)
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:9-13)