The choices we make in life, determine where we will spend eternity when we die. Today, we are challenged to choose between hell and heaven. Do we crave the things of this world more than the things of God? Is God our number one thought, desire, and priority?
Lord, let me be a pure stream
(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)
Jordan, that famous river, no doubt runs through many a pleasant meadow, by many a shady grove and flowery bank; and yet at last empties itself into the Dead Sea.
So it is with a wicked man! Here on earth he walks through meadows of worldly pleasures, and rests under the shades of earthly comforts, and sports and wallows among the flowers of worldly delights–but at last runs himself down into the Dead Sea of Hell. And not only so–but . . .
his earthly delights will fade,
his beauty shall be turned into horror,
his honor shall be turned into shame,
his lusts shall be turned into tormentors, and
his pleasures shall be turned into bitterness!
Lord, let me be a pure stream, that I may terminate in Heaven! I care not what difficult channels I pass through here on earth–if in Heaven I may exchange my weakness and corruption, for perfection and glory!
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This should make all of us think about our priorities in life. If the things of God are truly at the forefront, then we might want to share this devotional with lost friends or maybe a believer who is walking in the world.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001