May 19 Devotional

The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalm 14:1).

 

We love to point our finger at the Atheists and say that this is their life-verse, but I fear that many of us who claim to be Christians have fallen into this same trap.  After all, the verses that follow describe every person, not only the Atheist.  None of us sought for God originally, God pursued us to the point of our salvation.  None of us was righteous in our own efforts; we need the righteousness of His Son to cleanse us from our sinful condition.  We are all sinners without hope, apart from the grace of God.  Before we begin to stand on our feet to condemn those who say there is no God, let’s examine our own testimony and walk to see if we might not be guilty of the very same thing.

 

Immediately your heart might become defensive when I say that, and you would argue that you would never do that.  However, let me ask this question.  Upon honest examination of our daily walk with God, can others really see that we believe in God?  Does your life-style and our demonstration clearly show our faith in God?  Let’s consider honestly how we live out our faith before the watching (and might I say, doubting) world.  When you are faced with unexpected challenges, do you throw your hands up in despair, or do you run to your God on your knees asking Him to provide for you?  When God offers you the chance to give to His work (whether it is the simple tithe (10% of what you have earned), or giving to missions, or just giving to someone in need because the Holy Spirit prompted you to give), do you pull out the calculator, or reach for your wallet/purse?  When God places an unsaved person in your path and touches your heart to share your faith, do you hesitate and make an excuse, or do you step forward (possibly with fear and trembling) telling them about your Savior?

 

You see, even we believers can live in a “foolish” way, when we don’t fully sell out for our God.  Don’t lose the opportunities God will place in front of you today.  You cannot go back and “re-do” this day.  Use your actions to show your love for God today!  Let the whole world know that you believe in God and are not ashamed of Him!  He is worthy of our full confidence and demonstration of faith in Him.  The world needs to see Him today.

 

Jesus will judge us not only for what we did, but also for what we could have done and didn’t.” – George Otis