Don’t Wait for a Calamity to Seek God

My amazon order arrived in a brown cardboard box with crumpled newspapers used as packing filler instead of the plastic bubbles they usually use.  Curiosity forced me to check what newspaper lay wadded up and stuffed into my box.  Pensacola News Journal, Friday, March 3, 2017 > PNJ.com .  I pressed the paper flat to see what, if anything, looked interesting.  Glancing through the articles, I noted a question and answer column by Billy Graham, “God has given us everything.”

I assume this article did not come from Billy’s pen recently.  Yet his words in this article give timeless reminders.

Q:  I don’t want to offend you, but why should I bother with God?  My life is going along just fine without Him.  In fact, He’d probably make me stop doing a lot of things I enjoy doing if I did turn to Him.  — D.T.

A:  Let me ask you a question:  What do you suppose would happen to you if God didn’t “bother” with you?  In other words, what would happen to you if God forgot all about you or ignored you or refused to have anything to do with you?

I’ll tell you what would happen:  Your life would end immediately, before you finished reading this sentence.  We are dependent on God for everything, and because He loves us, He supplies us with absolutely everything we need for our lives.  He not only created the world and gave us the physical laws by which it operates, but He also actively sustains everything in it — including us.  The Bible says, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  (Colossians 1:17)

Yes, you can leave God out of your life — but why would you?  Don’t be deceived; life isn’t always going to be the way it is right now for you.  someday sickness or loneliness or death will catch up with you.  Why wait until then to turn to God?  The Bible warns, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12, NKJV).

I urge you instead to discover just how much God loves you.

He not only takes care of you, but He sent His Son into the world to give His life for your salvation.  Don’t ignore Him any longer, but open you life to Christ today.  The Bible says, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”  (Hebrews 2:3)

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Today, December 15, is what we call my daughter’s “Crowning Day” — the day she died — now nine years ago.  She asked Jesus into her heart when, at age 11, she attended Circle C Camp in Delevan, NY.  From that day forward, she had a superhero to lean upon, to help her through the tough times of life and disease.

As Billy Graham explains above, having God only a prayer away will bring comfort and answers when the storms of life buffet our lives.  Only God can bring peace in the midst of calamity.  Grateful for the life and faith of Karin Michelle Walsh Faulkner.

Sept. 28, 1973 – Dec. 15, 2008

 

 

 

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About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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6 Responses to Don’t Wait for a Calamity to Seek God

  1. Gary says:

    Hi Nina, Our thoughts are with you on this day of Karin’s Crowning Day. Ruth & Gary

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    • 9awalsh says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Gary & Ruth! They say the good die young. Certainly was true in her case! Of course, you had a daughter die at birth. I am sure she would have been a star too!. Nina

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  2. Mark Herne, DVM says:

    Hard to believe it has been so long. Miss her with you.
    Billy is quite a guy…he just knows what to say and use the text of the bible to make sense. Recently watching the Crown and an episode featured him being summoned to see the Queen. Had no idea he influenced her as well.

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  3. Andy Oldham says:

    This time of year is hard I know. I miss my son too. Gods plan is for us to see them one day. What a day that will be! Merry Christmas!

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    • 9awalsh says:

      Thanks, Andy. Actually, this time of year is not hard. I am glad her life ended at holiday time. I would be thinking of her anyway, and the anniversaries at Christmastime are just that much sweeter.

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