|“You will frequently find people resisting the gospel message for fear of losing control of their lives; they don’t want to submit to God. In truth, they are not in control now, and never will be. The good news is, the One who is in control loves them and desires their best.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)——://///
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“We must all die, we are like water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.” 2 Samuel 14:14
If you strip life of all assumptions and presuppositions, and look at it flat on, it would be easy to conclude that it is void of meaning. A man is born, he lives, and he dies. Between his birth and death he is perpetually opposed; nothing comes easily for him. He is not as clever, strong, or agile, as he would like to be. (This may be one reason people compete with one another. They cannot meet their own expectations, and take solace in their being better than others.) Circumstances such as disease, accidents, and an unpredictable market rob him of his ability to meet his goals completely. People oppose him. They are not nice, and he vacillates between feeling like a victim, and in moments of honesty admitting that he also is not nice to others.
In the course of life, he marries and has a family. He covets for his children a life easier than the one he has experienced. But statistically, he has no more than a fifty- percent chance of seeing this happen. His children may die early, contract terrible diseases, become addicted to drugs or alcohol, or have unhappy marriages. His later years confirm his suspicions regarding the futility of life. If he does not die prematurely, he exits life the same way he entered it: in need of others to feed him, change his diapers, and hopefully give him a little love. “When he dies it is as though he had never been.”3 Not only do the following generations forget he existed, the place of his burial ceases to acknowledge that he is there.
You can see why the first job of any religion is to define purpose. Why are you here? The whole of Scripture asserts that this life is the seedtime of eternity. Your only purpose for living this life is to prepare for an eternity with God. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”4 God asks that you steward your most precious resource, time, so that you live wisely in light of eternity.
3 Somerset Maughm in Of Human Bondage
Genesis 4-6 Matthew 2 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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