The Worst Day of My Life
Gary Waddell • Victory Ministries Middle Tennessee • 8/22/2021
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Bob Uecker Quote: “Gaylord Perry says that the day I hit a home run against him was the worst day of his whole life.” Bob Uecker was a well known sports personality but a mediocre ball player when it came to hitting. Uecker had a lifetime batting average of .200 over his six year career with just 14 home runs. Perry’s lifetime pitching record was impressive with 314 wins and 265 losses with over 3500 career strikeouts. I think that Mr. Perry may have had "worse days". As laughable as this story is, we have all heard of people making the statement that “this event was the worst day of my life” or “this is the worst day of my life”.
It may actually be the worst day since we cannot know the feelings of another individual. We can sympathize with those during their loss of family, business, or health, but as followers of Christ, we know what the worst possible day for anyone is the day one leaves this earth without Jesus. The Bible says: “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him” (Ecc 7:14). God has appointed one as well as the other. There is nothing certain in this life with the exception of God’s saving grace through His Son Jesus. And that should be our focus.
As followers of Christ, we look at things differently than others. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:2-5). We’re all going to have good days and bad days but we know there are reasons for that. But we know of a Savior who has made a place for us, so we take confidence in that. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36). We know that the last part of this verse will be the “worst day” for many if they continue to reject Jesus.
Our best day is yet to come. Our worst day we have put behind us and look forward to Jesus. Shouldn’t we be telling those who do not know that Christ died for our sins (1 Cor 15:3b) and is waiting for us to “open the door and receive Him” (Rev 3:20)? You bet. Every chance we get. Help them leave the past behind and turn their lives to Christ.
It will be the best day of their lives!
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13).
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