This past weekend I was listening to The Message on Sirius XM while driving. During one of the breaks between songs, one of the artists, I really don’t remember who it was, described the depths of despair which he found himself before he found God. This got me to thinking about how I found God.
I don’t have a great story of conversion, I do remember well the day that I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, but I wasn’t on the precipice of hell when it happened. I was a young teenager and accepted Jesus one night during revival at our small country church.
You see, for as long as I can remember, God has been in my life. Sure there have been times when I didn’t act like I wanted Him in my life, but He never left.
As far back as I can remember, God has been a part of my life. I attended Sunday school and church as a small child, remember the Whuppin Bush, and continued to attend until I left to go to college. I have always known that God was with me and that we were in this together.
As I mentioned there were the rebellious teenage years and the college years when I was more concerned with sleeping late and wooing the girl who would become my wife. But nothing that brought me to the depths of despair. I don’t have a sob story.
As I continued to drive I started thinking about how my life would be different if I didn’t have God in my life.
I pondered this question in my mind and thought, “Would my marriage have survived the past 26 years without Him in my life?” Without us being able to lean on Him during the turbulent times, I have my doubts. I love my wife dearly but without Him to guide us I don’t know that we would have made it.
Next I wondered how different my children’s lives would be if I did not have God in my life. I wonder if we would have even had children, because they are certainly are a blessing from Him. Certainly if God were not in control, then my son would not be studying religion in college and preparing to work in the ministry in some manner. Without God’s protection my daughter might not have survived her car accident.
And what about my career? Would I have had the same job for the past 18 years without Him? Probably not and we certainly would not have had the success that we have enjoyed.
After silently driving and thinking this over for a while, I decided that without God in my life then nothing would be the same.
Without God in my life, I would have nothing. Everything that I have experienced, everything that I have accomplished, everything that I have, I owe to Him. Without God in my life, I would have nothing. Without God I am nothing.
Without God you and I would have never met. I would not have created this website. You would not be reading these words.
Without God I have nothing; with God I have everything. Nothing is impossible, nothing is out of reach.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. A day that we set aside to give thanks for all that he has done in our lives.
Today I am thankful that God did not have to rescue me from the pits of hell. I am thankful that He has always been a part of my life. Today, tomorrow, and every day I am thankful for Him.
What would your life be like without God?