When I met Randy, he was sittingÂ on a park bench in Great Falls,Â Montana. He was holding a bottle ofÂ beer and looked totally miserable.
I listened to his story. When he wasÂ quite young, he had lost his sister inÂ a tragic accident. For him, alcoholÂ was the only way he could escape hisÂ sorrows. His drinking soon turnedÂ into a terrible habit. He began to stealÂ to support his addiction. Now in hisÂ 40s he was homeless, without a job,Â and rejected by those he loved. His lifeÂ seemed so hopeless.
Do you ever feel that way? GodÂ wants to meet you in your struggleÂ with the sin that controls you. YouÂ may not have an alcohol problem, butÂ you do have a sin problem! We all do.
If you realize you are withoutÂ strength and in need of forgiveness,Â why donâ€™t you look to the SaviourÂ who took the punishment for yourÂ sin? Without Him, there is no hopeÂ for eternity and no power in this lifeÂ (Romans 5:6).
That night, Randy was invited toÂ a tent meeting where he heard thatÂ â€œChrist Jesus came into the world to saveÂ sinnersâ€ (1 Timothy 1:15). He took hisÂ place as a guilty sinner and by faith,Â quietly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ asÂ his Saviour. After the meeting RandyÂ joined us as we sang some hymns.
Those songs had a personal meaningÂ for him, because he had experiencedÂ Godâ€™s amazing grace in salvation. HeÂ was no longer lost, but now was foundÂ (Luke 19:10).
My friends took Randy to a hotel,Â because he didnâ€™t have anywhere toÂ go. We didnâ€™t hear from him for twoÂ days, and wondered how he was doing.Â On the third day, we saw his nameÂ in the obituary column in the paper.Â That night in his hotel room, RandyÂ had had a massive seizure that tookÂ his life. He had entered eternity. IÂ am confident that I will see Randy inÂ Heaven, because of Godâ€™s promise toÂ each person who trusts Christ as hisÂ personal Saviour.
â€œHe that believeth on the Son hathÂ everlasting life: and He that believeth notÂ the Son shall not see life; but the wrath ofÂ God abideth on himâ€ (John 3:36).
What have you done with Godâ€™sÂ Son? Have you rejected opportunitiesÂ to hear and obey the gospel? PleaseÂ do not harden your heart to Godâ€™sÂ love. You do not know what may comeÂ tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1).
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