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Devotional for 4-16-2019

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IS IT THE END OR THE BEGINNING?

“I’m bored with it all!”

Power and prestige, influence and insight, victory and valor seemed worthless to Winston Churchill as he faced death. His final words expressed hopelessness and emptiness as he slipped into a coma nine days before he died. What a tragic statement from a man who shaped the course of history as he was about to face eternity without Christ.

As he was struggling to breathe, a colleague took the hand of Michael Faraday, the brilliant chemist and scientist and asked, “What will be your occupation in heaven?” He replied, “I shall be with Christ, and that is enough!”

Two famous men who lived two world-influencing lives. However, when it came to facing death, one looked backward in despair, the other forward in a faith that was filled with hope and expectation! What a startling difference God made in their lives,

“Hopes placed in men dies with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.” Solomon shared his great wisdom with these words. He clearly stated the difference between a life lived for God, and a life lived for any other reason or purpose: One who does not live for God or know Christ personally will eventually see all of his hopes and dreams die. Living only for this life or living a life that focuses on oneself ends with a sense of hopelessness and insignificance. When this life ends, another begins in the presence of God or the depths of darkness.

What a blessed hope we have if we choose to accept the love and grace and mercy of God. Hope can be ours because of Christ. Choose Christ, find life, have hope.

Prayer: How great is Your love, Lord. As unworthy as we are, we have forgiveness of our sins, a purpose for living, and hope for the future through Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:7 Hopes placed in men dies with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.

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