Tuesday, January 25, 2022

When Questions Go Unanswered

“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone” (James 4:14 NLT).

Sometimes it’s hard to understand why we have to suffer. It doesn’t seem fair. We wonder, “Why I am going through this when other people aren’t?”

Maybe you’ve thought, “Why am I single when all my friends are married?” or “Why can’t we have children when my friend has five children?” or “Why do I have this horrible illness while all of my friends are healthy?”

One day all of our questions will be answered. One day God will restore in Heaven what we’ve lost in this life. The Bible promises restoration for people who have suffered. Speaking of great men and women of faith, world changers, Hebrews 11:35 says, “They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection” (NLT).

We put all of our focus on this life, but there’s an afterlife, and it will go on forever. This life on Earth, even if it’s long, is relatively short. James 4:14 says, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone” (NLT). And then comes the afterlife.

Are you ready for it? If you died today, would you go to Heaven?

Living a good life isn’t going to get you to Heaven, because Heaven is not for good people; it’s for forgiven people. I’m not going to get to Heaven because I’m a preacher. Rather, it’s because I’ve put my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord who died on the cross for me. Have you done that? 

Being a Christian is having Jesus Christ come and take residence in your heart. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12 NKJV). Have you received Christ?

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