Memory Verse: “O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress” (Isaiah 33:2)
There is an interesting book on the market that tells people how to deal with life’s worst-case scenarios. The name of this book is The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook. Here are just a few of the chapters contained in this book.
• How to escape from quicksand
• How to fend off a shark
• How to escape from a bear
• How to escape from killer bees
• How to deal with a charging bull
• How to land a plane
• How to survive when adrift at sea
• How to perform a tracheotomy
• How to jump from a moving car
It is possible that you will never face any of the scenarios listed, but we all have a worst-case scenario in our minds. That thing that we think would be worse than anything else in life.
What is your worst-case scenario?
Sometimes, they do come true.
For me, it was the death of my husband. At times, my desire to still have him would play tricks on my mind. Once, I saw a man with brown hair driving a red truck just like Porter’s truck and I followed him for miles. As my heart pounded with hope, nothing else mattered more in that moment than me catching that truck. I was willing to drive to the ends of the earth if necessary. When I finally caught up with him at a red light and our eyes met, my fantasy ended with a devastating halt. It felt as if the man in the truck had played a cruel joke on me. Weakened by the truth, I pulled over into a nearby parking lot, laid across the seat of my car and wept for hours. Night began to fall as the sun set in the sky. I was chilled as the temperature inside the car turned cool. Sitting up, I wiped my face, zipped up my coat, and headed for home—without him.
Awful things may happen to us as a result of living in this fallen world, but our hope lies in God’s everlasting and unchanging love.
Yes, tragedy and sorrow may touch our lives by way of sickness, a fallen economy, devastating wars, or the fury of nature in the form of a tsunami or tornado, But the worst thing that can happen to a person is never to know the love of and forgiveness God.
Some people don’t know that life is a partnership with God. Because sin separates us from God, the anxieties and burdens in life weigh heavy on our souls. Until we learn to confess our sin and place our lives in God’s care we’ll never find peace. Therefore, anyone living apart from God can expect to be plagued by phobias, fears, and anxieties. Until a person is reconciled to God, they are unpredictable and anxious creatures.
But God has made a way. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ died for your past and present sins. Any one who believes Christ died on the cross for payment of sin, was buried and raised from the grave three days later shall be saved. May be this describes you!
Still, If you are full of worry and apprehension, then it may be that you have not fully given every area of your life to God. You can do so right now!
Our Challenge: All you have to do is acknowledge that you have been living a life separated from God, seeking your own will instead of His will. By using the following prayer as a guide, you can refuse your sins and/or commit your life totally to God.
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe you died for me and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Lord Jesus, come into my life and take control; forgive all my sins and save me. I’m placing my trust in you as I turn away from sin. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me, forgiving me, and filling me with peace. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, let me know in the comment section. We want to celebrate with you!!