I have a very dear friend who is battling bone cancer ... I just read where another person I care about has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma ... one of my dearest friends lost her dad ... another friend cries out for prayer for her mom ... and, of course, you know of my sister's battle with cancer. I could take this list even further, but I think you see why I am so downtrodden in heart this morning. I did not say downtrodden in spirit. BIG DIFFERENCE! These situations make me want to just scream. I have hope ... I have strength ... I have promise for the future ... I have faith! I have God and, therefore, my eyes stay turned upwards knowing He will deliver. Where is that for those who have no relationship with Jesus? I see their hopelessness ... their fear of the unknown ... their lack of faith. They are frightened with no where to go and no one to turn to.
Before I go any further, let me reassure you that not all I mentioned are without hope. You have heard of my sister's undying faith and what God has done for her. Another of these individuals shared with me how God continues to comfort them. However, on the flip, not all are where they need to be ... one in particular. My heart hurts more for their salvation than it does for their situation. God has showed me that it is my responsibility to reach individuals who are without hope and faith. It is me that gets fearful when I think of what God needs me to do, but then again it does not. I know that if God has led me to it, then He will carry me through it ... He will provide the words ... He will provide the opportunity. I would much rather press forward for God with some trepidation, then to be sick at my stomach and have to live with myself knowing that I did nothing. People, heaven and hell are very real. You will spend eternity in one or the other. If the fate of people's souls do not bother you or you feel you cannot be bothered with it, then you need to re-examine the fate of your soul. You cannot love Christ and be walking the correct walk and not be concerned about the salvation of others. Once you truly come to believe and know that hell is for real, you would not desire your worse enemy to go there. It is FOREVER!
Join me in prayer today. God knows the desires of our hearts, but He needs to hear us speak to Him. Do it today for those around you who are suffering silent trials in life ... for those who have lost loved ones ... for those who are enduring pain ... for those who are of lost mind ... for those who battle cancer, depression, or any type of affliction. Christians, we sincerely need to hold our sisters and brothers up in prayer. We are all one family and it is our responsibility.
Take the time today to reach out to someone. They need a hug, a hand to hold, someone to care ... be that hug, that hand, or that someone today.