No matter how old you are, you probably have saved special items from your past that bring nostalgic memories. As I reminisced, I was surprised to learn that most of the mementos of the first 30 years of my life easily fit into a small box. Each one brought feelings of shame and regret.
Just like everyone else, I started out as an innocent young child. But as I grew older, I wanted to experience all the pleasures this world has to offer. At first, I thought it was fun, and I thought I was in control. Parties, drugs, alcohol and lust became my everyday life. However, each sin bore another, and it wasn’t long until I was so deep, I was unable to free myself. Sin had imprisoned me.
Proverbs 5:22 - "His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins."
My best friend was very popular in high school. He was a quarterback on the football team. He volunteered his summers as a camp counselor for underprivileged kids and was an all around good guy.
We played music in a band together for ten years. Then one Christmas day, in front of his beautiful wife and children, he died from the effects of cocaine. This wooden flute is all I have left to remember him.
Psalms 34:18 - "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."
John 10:10 - "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Finally, on one drug soaked day, I saw my sad condition. I wondered, “What do I have to show for my life?” I was married with a young daughter, and I was ashamed of what I had become. I knew that if I stayed on the path I was on, I would end up dead just like all of my friends were. What kind of legacy would I leave my family? I knew I had to change, but on my own, I could not do it. God in His great mercy, began dealing with my heart.
2 Corinthians 7:10 - "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death."
In deep, deep sorrow, I sought the Lord. Then He reached way down and gloriously freed me from the shackles that had me bound!
This New Box
2 Corinthians 5:17 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Dear reader, I traded my life that was hopeless, and God gave me a life full of blessings. When I consider the contents of my new box, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. A happy marriage, 6 grandchildren, three fine sons and three new daughters.
Matthew 11:28 - "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
No matter where you are at in life, involved in the deepest darkest sin. You may feel like you have no hope. But my God is a God of hope, a mighty God and he will deliver you from all your sin if you would only come repent and turn from your sins.