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)
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