Let’s just say, for the sake of a point, that we knew that Jesus was coming back tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. What kind of state would we be in at 2:45? I think we would be very spiritual. We’d have 20 Bibles opened up in front of us. We’d be praying and singing worship songs and sharing the gospel all at the same time. “Yes, Lord, I’m ready.”

Well, we don’t know when He’s going to come, but we should live every day as though it were our last day, because one day it will be.

 

Practical Principles

  1. God has His purposes for allowing things to happen in our lives. Would it give you a measure of comfort to know that by the way you face your hardships, challenges, and trials, you were giving hope to others.
  2. Nonbelievers are watching us. When a believer goes through difficulty and gives glory to God, it’s a powerful witness to a watching world
  3. God’s worst is better than the world’s best. God offers us purpose, meaning in life, the joy of the Lord, and the guaranteed hope that we’ll go to Heaven when we die.
  4. We should fail forward. If you make a mistake or do something wrong and own it and learn from it, then that’s a lesson well learned. That’s what failing forward means.

Relevant Reminders

  • Moses spent 40 years finding out he was a somebody, 40 years finding out he was a nobody, and then 40 years finding out what God can do with a somebody who realizes they’re a nobody.
  • Maybe you’re young and you have a sense that God wants to do something with your life. The Lord has something special in store for you. Pray about it and pursue it in God’s timing.
  • The temptations in your life are no different than what others are experiencing.

Applicable Actions

We all fail in life. We all have lapses. We’ve all done something that we’re ashamed of. We’ve done things we know we shouldn’t have done. Well, God gives second chances. You can say to Him, “Lord, I blew it. I’m sorry.” Ask Him for forgiveness and He will give it.

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