Grateful for God

by Jan Silvious

Have you ever wondered what life would be, without God?

E. Stanley Jones once told the story of a little girl who prayed: "God, bless Mama and Papa, my brothers and sisters, and all my friends. And now, God, do take care of Yourself, for if anything should happen to You, we'd be in the soup!"

From the looks of things in our world, we certainly would be in the soup without God. How does this fact affect your daily walk, your conversation?

When you are among people who don't profess to be Christians, do you freely refer to God, or are you afraid of what they might think of you? Do you watch the news with one eye on the eastern sky, in the belief that the Messiah is really coming back soon? Or have you written this off as an event that couldn't possibly happen in your lifetime? Are you willing to talk about world events in the light of Scripture, or do you just keep quiet, letting others speak of coincidence and troubled times?

And how do you operate over the holidays, when you are with unbelieving family members? Are you a bold witness? Do you speak confidently of what God has done for you? Or are you afraid of being ridiculed as the family fanatic? And what about the cynics at work? When they sit around and second-guess the government and the powers that be, can you give a strong word for the Unseen Hand?

One of the hardest tests believers face is speaking confidently about how God is moving in the world when we are with unbelievers. It's painful to be laughed at, to hold the minority opinion.

But in 2 Timothy, Paul gives us a promise to hang on to: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing" (4:7-8).

No matter what happens in this world, no matter what goes on, we can know beyond a shadow of doubt that our God reigns. Take some time today to thank Him for being a God we can trustfor being a God who is not limited by time, space, or imaginationfor keeping His hand on the controls of the world. "Lord, I'm so grateful that You are in charge!"

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