When I met Randy, he was sitting on a park bench in Great Falls, Montana. He was holding a bottle of beer and looked totally miserable.
I listened to his story. When he was quite young, he had lost his sister in a tragic accident. For him, alcohol was the only way he could escape his sorrows. His drinking soon turned into a terrible habit. He began to steal to support his addiction. Now in his 40s he was homeless, without a job, and rejected by those he loved. His life seemed so hopeless.
Do you ever feel that way? God wants to meet you in your struggle with the sin that controls you. You may not have an alcohol problem, but you do have a sin problem! We all do.
If you realize you are without strength and in need of forgiveness, why don’t you look to the Saviour who took the punishment for your sin? Without Him, there is no hope for eternity and no power in this life (Romans 5:6).
That night, Randy was invited to a tent meeting where he heard that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). He took his place as a guilty sinner and by faith, quietly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. After the meeting Randy joined us as we sang some hymns.
Those songs had a personal meaning for him, because he had experienced God’s amazing grace in salvation. He was no longer lost, but now was found (Luke 19:10).
My friends took Randy to a hotel, because he didn’t have anywhere to go. We didn’t hear from him for two days, and wondered how he was doing. On the third day, we saw his name in the obituary column in the paper. That night in his hotel room, Randy had had a massive seizure that took his life. He had entered eternity. I am confident that I will see Randy in Heaven, because of God’s promise to each person who trusts Christ as his personal Saviour.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
What have you done with God’s Son? Have you rejected opportunities to hear and obey the gospel? Please do not harden your heart to God’s love. You do not know what may come tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1).
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