Trust in the Lord with all your heart

Published 8:20 am Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: People tell me that I should make peace with God now, but I’m starting college and want to experience all that life offers. But when I try to sleep, I’m agitated by the thought of doing something that could ruin my life. People tell me that’s the voice of God. Is that true? If so, I would have to give my life some deeper thought. – L.D.

Dear L.D.: When we come to Christ in our youth, a life is saved. When we come to Christ in old age, a soul may be salvaged, but the opportunity to live an abundant life in Christ has been lost. When we hear a still small voice that will not let us go until we do what is right, we must never silence that voice but surrender to God and obey His loving invitation to receive Him as Savior and Lord. He is the only One who knows what’s ahead.
Time isn’t inexhaustible, nor can we assume we’ll always have more. Each day is a gift from God. The psalmist said, “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15). The first thing we should do before going to sleep is acknowledge God, and the first thing we should do when we awake is thank God for the gift of another day. God gives us time for a reason; not to be wasted or mishandled or to look for what fun we can have that day, but time is given to be used for His glory.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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