November 27, 2016
Comfort and Confidence
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24
There are days when I can't remember what I had for breakfast, and then there are things that happened almost forty years ago that I can't forget. Today's verse provides one of those moments etched into my memory.
In 1977, a perfect storm roared into my life. The college I attended, for the sole purpose of playing baseball, dropped its program. That spring I was caught in a flood that totaled my car. And at the end of the summer, my dad lost his battle with cancer. So, in the midst of trying to determine my future, I commuted during the fall semester to Oklahoma State and during those drives memorized Scripture and did a lot of thinking. John 5:24, a verse in the Navigator Memory System packet, gave me great comfort.
Leaving Perry one morning, I turned onto Highway 86 and headed for classes in Stillwater. I remember making the turn onto that highway and reviewing this verse.
My family and I had been with my dad when he died. To think that what I had watched was a crossing over from physical death to eternal life hit me with a powerful dose of comfort and confidence. I can't read this verse without thinking about my dad and having a renewed confidence that I will one day make that same crossing.
Father, thank You for the great truth of Your Word. Most of all, thank You for sending Your Son to provide the crossing from this life to an eternity with You. In Jesus' name. Amen.