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Jan. 6 Devotion: Opportunity in Tragedy

Opportunity in Tragedy

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

I’d say if you wasn’t aware on Monday night everyone is aware now of what happened during the football game. Bro. Jordan even touched on it in his devotion on Wednesday. What happened was a tragic accident that no one wants to see on live television. There was a certain period of time that if you were watching I thought we might’ve just seen someone die on live tv. I immediately started getting text from people talking about what was going on. Watching football you always know there is a possibility of something tragic. Someone getting seriously hurt or paralyzed or even worse. We’ve never witnessed the worse part so it really shook a lot of people up. This young man should be in our thoughts and prayers so I’m not trying to be insensitive, but I also noticed it gave me personally a couple opportunities to witness. First, it shook people up because it was unexpected. I told some people I was texting that there’s coming a time Jesus is going to call His church out of here and you’d better be ready. You never know what a day brings and you should be looking for and ready for the Lords return. Second was a conversation I had at work. I seen so many offer up “prayers”. How can you offer up prayers when you don’t believe in God any more than the tooth fairy. I explained God isn’t just someone you call on when you are in trouble or tragic situations. It’s about a personal relationship with Him. Thirdly, on Thursday after news about how well Mr. Hamlin was doing I pointed out how great of a God I serve. I even told them now everyone needs to be in church thanking God for what He’s done. I know that most will not. I’m sure that most will just chalk it up to a “medical miracle”. God is still in control regardless of what they may want to say. I’m not saying we should ever belittle someone’s situation. However, we are given situations where sometimes we are presented with an opportunity to openly share more about our faith, have a discussion about true prayer, or even share the Gospel. We have an obligation to do good to others by telling them the truth about God. There are some who may never entertain that conversation with us by just us bringing it up. Sometimes it may take a unique situation to open the door and start a conversation. Do we take advantage of those opportunities?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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