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Delay of Game

Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

James 4:13-14 – Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Hebrews 4:15 – “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”

Romans 10:8-10 – But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

                In hockey most delay of game penalties come when things get out of control - there is a mistake, or complacency that leads to a dire situation – maybe a blown coverage that leads to a scramble in front of the net so you cover the puck with your hand in the crease or knock the net off its moorings, or the pressure of a forecheck forces you to flip the puck over the glass.  And the ref’s arm goes up – two minutes delay of game. 

                Many think they will be able to straighten out their relationship with God in the future.  They recognize that it’s important, yet they don’t make it an immediate priority.   They think that God will understand – so they can do what they want right now and receive all the benefits of faith later. 

                How many know someone who went before their time?  Someone who was unexpectedly taken from this world?  Why would we think this can’t happen to us?  Proverbs 27:1 - Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.  It’s a sobering realization that we don’t know what the rest of today brings – or tomorrow, much less next year or ‘later in life’.  But many times we say that we’ll do this or that and plan the rest of our lives. 

                Like a defensemen who got complacent and is in a dire situation and forced to take a delay of game, so are many who put off their relationship with the Lord.  The consequences of a blown coverage can cost a team a penalty or perhaps a goal, but the consequences of a blown relationship with the Lord are much more severe.  1 John 5:11-12 – And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has the life he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

                My hope is that people will not put themselves in a dire situation because of complacency.  Sometimes there is time to reconcile with the Lord, and sometimes there is not.  If you’re reading this, there is time.  Hebrews 4:15 – “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”  If you hear God calling you, if you recognize that you need Him, but have been hesitant, do not delay any longer.  Romans 10:8-10 – But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Is there a part of your life you have kept from the Lord thinking you can give it at a later time?  If you were before the Lord today, what would you have wanted to do differently in your life?

For more reading see Psalm 103:15-22, 1 Peter 1:24

 

6 comments (Add your own)

1. corey grandner wrote:
love this Todd!

Tue, February 19, 2013 @ 1:34 PM

2. Jamie Blackwood wrote:
Powerfull, Iwill share it with my team today!

Tue, February 19, 2013 @ 1:38 PM

3. Susie Grimaldi wrote:
If you would like to receive all the Jesus has done for you and make him your Lord and Savior, please pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me and dying for me on the cross. Your precious blood washes me clean of every sin. You are my Lord and Savior, now and forever. I believe that You rose from the dead and that You are alive today. Because of you're finished work, I am now a beloved child of God and heaven is my home. Thank you for giving me eternal life and filling my heart with Your peace and joy. Amen.

Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 4:27 AM

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Mon, October 8, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

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