My friend, may I ask you a question? When you reach that fork in the road in life and don’t know which way to go, what will you do? Ask a dead religion to give you a direction, or a living Savior? Is there any merit at all in having a faith in a God who is not alive, who isn’t with you moment by moment and can’t personally tell you which way to go?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Like most men I don’t like asking for directions. When I get turned around driving, I like to rely first on my wits and on my ability to figure things out for myself. Nonetheless, there are times when, exhausting my store of grit and wisdom, I am simply forced to stop and utter those dreaded words–“Can you help me?” But, despite the fact that I will on occasion force myself to ask for directions, there is one rule I will never transgress: I choose whom I will ask. While my wife Holly will pretty much pick whomever comes first into sight, I like to be more selective. There is no way I’m going to do this twice. The first one I ask had better be the one who knows the right answer.
Here’s a story: There was a young Muslim man who converted to Christianity. Some of his Muslim friends, concerned with his conversion, asked him, “Why have you become a Christian and why have you stopped following the path of our beloved Mohammed?” The young man answered, The convert put a hand to his chin and a wry smile suddenly broke out upon his face. “Well, it’s like this.” he told his assembled friends. “Suppose that you were going down the road and sud- denly the road forked in two directions, and you didn’t know which way to go. Likely you would need to stop and ask someone for directions. Then as you scratched your head, trying to make up your mind, there at the fork in the road appeared two men. You approached cautiously, not knowing which to ask for directions. As you grow nearer it suddenly becomes apparent one man is dead and one is alive.” He smiled again and touched his friends on the shoulder. “Now, which one would you ask for directions?” (Adapted--Warren Webster, April, 1980, HIS, p. 13.)
Christ is alive and well. The place where they laid his body was empty on Easter morning. There was no dead man to gaze upon and mourn. Looking for directions, his disciples really needed to find a living Lord and not a corpse. No other religion can claim this; their leaders died and all that was left to provide comfort and direction was a dead body. Because Christ lives, however, we can be confident in asking directions and finding our way to eternal life. Because he found his way, we will find ours. Now, that makes asking directions a whole lot easier and safer!
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, we know that there are many religious choices in life. Many believe in a god who is dead, buried and entombed for eternity. Others believe in concepts and ideas. We believe in You, however. The God who was dead and became alive. We believe in a God who defeated death so that we as believers would never see death. O Lord thank You for giving us a Savior who conquered death, knows the way to heaven and will always give us the right advice as to how to live our lives and move them in that heavenward direction. Forgive us Lord when we forget if but for a moment that our God is awesome, without equal and the only God Who can truly save us. He is risen. He is risen indeed. In Jesus name. Amen!
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