Atheist No More
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2
One night a man became suicidal and desperately began calling psychiatrists. It’s tough to get help at 3:00 A.M., but he found us at New Life. He entered a Christian treatment center that same night. Ironically, he called himself a confirmed atheist. When he woke the next morning, he lamented that, if there was a God, He’d played a dirty trick by landing him in a Christian treatment center. It strained him to stay, but he managed to make it to the fourth day.
Then something amazing happened. While sitting in a meeting, a man wearing what looked like a turban entered the room. His wife and kids were waiting in the car, but he felt compelled to come in and say something.
“If anyone here’s thinking of killing yourself,” said the visitor, “I want to encourage you to reconsider. God loves you and wants you to live. This turban on my head is a bandage from where I put a gun to my head and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, I survived so I could come here and tell you not to do it. God loves you.”
That day our atheist lost his atheism. He’d thought the idea of a personal God was ridiculous. But in his heart, he knew God sent that message directly to him. For the first time, he understood God was personal, loving, and interested in him. Never take this truth for granted. God loves you!
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved..” - William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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