[CF Devotionals] 2012-05-24 - What More Is There?

Eccl 2:26 For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and heaping up, that he may give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it. (AMP)

A Super Bowl winning Quarterback who has stood at the pinnacle of his sport on more than one occasion still wonders what "more than this" is. Imagine pouring your life into something and achieving a reputation of becoming among the very best in your chosen field and still not knowing fulfillment.

It happens ever day, even to true believers.

If you want to be more than a little vexed I ask you to read the entirety of chapter two that this verse comes from in Ecclesiastes. Achieving your goals without God in those plans is vanity and waste. It will not last long after you pass from this life. There have been forty-four Presidents of the United States. Can you name eight of them who were in office before 1950? Five? Most can not. Can you name the first? Almost everyone can. Many who are not Americans can! Why? I will venture that it is because God was in the work that he undertook. Please don't remind me that he was not perfect. He was not. Read his letters, papers and his farewell address.

The question was asked in a recent presentation - Can you say in your darkest pain, God is enough?

What rock can you lay hold of when the rest of your world is shaking to pieces? Friends can only go so far down that painful road with you. The Holy Spirit has been sent as the One that will walk along side you, that is the down payment or promise of things to come. Jesus promised that He would be with us always. He has been down the darkest road so that we will never have to walk it alone - if we will accept His salvation and learn to put Him in the center of our lives.

How do we do that? It starts with a few simple steps. First, admit your not perfect - that you have sinned (fallen short of God's perfection). We all have. Second, believe that God did something about it. He sent His Son to live a perfect, sinless life and die on a cross to pay the price of sin. Third, commit yourself to Him. A quick prayer - something like this: Lord, I know I'm not perfect and I can't be on my own. I know You came to pay for my sin. Thank you for loving and saving me. Come into my heart. I give you my life. Amen.

Find a good Bible teaching church or fellowship. Tell the Pastor or a believing friend that you've become a believer and let them help you get moving on the right foot. If you already believe dust off your prayer time and Bible reading - five minutes a day to start. Pick a time and be consistent.

What more is there? Come and see.

Grace & Peace,

[email mike] jmhoskins@gmail.com