OOPS! Big mistake on my part. Time got away from me this month and I didn’t get Alexis’s September post up in time. It’s all my fault. Alexis sent it to me in plenty of time. Anyway…here’s another wonderful devotion by Alexis A. Goring
Tomorrow Isn’t Promised
A devotional by Alexis A. Goring
A lyric from the soundtrack to the original 1982 version of the movie, Annie, promises its listeners that the sun will always come out tomorrow. They claim that’s a fact you can bet on and win.
However, The Holy Bible says that tomorrow is not promised and God cautions us not to boast about it. Let’s read what He says about this in James 4:13-14 (NKJV): “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
There is another movie called The Gospel that has a beautiful scene in church where the preacher makes an appeal for time and God. The preacher exhorts his congregation saying, “Don’t allow those situations in your life to keep you from having relationship with God! No, you need to know Him! You know, many of us talk about ‘Oh, I’m gonna get to know God tomorrow.’ Tomorrow isn’t promised and you can have salvation today!”
I know that it can be very easy to put a relationship with God at the bottom of your daily priorities. It’s natural to wake up in the morning and reach for your phone to check your messages. You might log into your computer to see what you missed on social media before you reach for God’s Word (The Holy Bible) to seek Him first. However, it is of essence that we always go to God before we go to anyone or anything else. Afterall, it is God (not your alarm clock or another human) who woke you up this morning. Only God can give the breath of life. The Bible says that His mercies are new every morning.
Let’s read what He says about that in Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV):
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
There is another point that the preacher in The Gospel made. He said, “There IS NO PERFECT CHURCH! If there’s a perfect church, it stopped being perfect the moment that YOU and I walked in! But there IS a perfect GOD!” While this preacher’s words stand strong alone, let’s dig deeper.
I’ve heard a lot about “church hurt” from many people (and blog posts or articles online) over the years. According to an article in the Washington Post, “Pastor Emmett Price has a term for what a lot of people went through before they came to his congregation: “church hurt.” The term, which refers to the pain sometimes inflicted by religious institutions — a pain that distances sufferers from their communities and from God.”
Perhaps you are familiar with the quote by Mahatma Gandhi when he said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
While it is true that church hurt can be hard to cope with and recover from, it is important to remember to whom you should be looking. If you look to other Christians and hold them in high regard, then you are going to crash when they disappoint you. But they are only human and we mere mortals are not perfect, meaning that at one point everyone inside the church and outside of it will experience some level of hurt from another human. That is why it is so important to look to Jesus Christ because He is perfect and He will never fail you (Deuteronomy 31:6)!
We are all together in this life on Earth. We may look different, act differently, and have different perspectives, but we all share this in common: We are sinners in need of a Savior. The good news is we have One who is readily available. His name is Jesus Christ and He loves you with His very life (John 3:16-17)! Look to Jesus, not people. Only He can save you.
I know there is no easy fix to church hurt and I know that it is very painful. But please do not let your pain caused by imperfect people separate you from your Maker (God) who loves you with all of His Heart. He went through great lengths to save your soul and He’s always working things together for your good (Romans 8:28), even when things happening in our world don’t look too good.
Please remember that tomorrow is not promised. So if you’re waiting to get to know God or strengthen your relationship with Him, don’t wait. Start today! Maybe even say a prayer to Him after you finish reading this devotional. Don’t waste a second. Your life depends on it.
I hope and pray that this devotional has encouraged your heart and inspired your mind.
May God bless you and keep you. Remember that while tomorrow isn’t promised, you can have salvation today! Just reach out to Jesus! He’s already there (Revelation 3:20).
Thanks so much, Alexis for this wonderful devotion. Again, my apologies for not getting it posted in September.