Today is the Day of Salvation
I recently read II Chronicles 33: 9-17 as part of a daily devotional. It was about Manasseh, an evil king of Judah, who led his people astray. So the Lord allowed Manasseh to fall into some disastrous circumstances. The king of Assyria took him prisoner, put a hook in his nose (yikes), and bound him with bronze shackles. Not exactly a place I’d want to be.
Manasseh, in his distress, humbled himself before the Lord and sought His favor. The king’s actions made me think about my heroine in The Long Way Home. Right about now, you’re probably wondering what a contemporary fictional character and an Old Testament king could possibly have in common.
Manasseh ignored the Lord for a long time until finally he arrived at a point of desperation. If we’re honest, many of us do the same today. We walk through each year under our own power without giving a thought to God and what He wants for us. But when disaster strikes and we’ve come to the end of our own strength, then many of us turn to God in our hopelessness.
Jada Atwood, my character in The Long Way Home, found herself in a similar situation. As a matter of fact, the circumstances were just as dire as Manasseh’s. She believed she wouldn’t live to see another day and in fear called on God.
II Corinthians 6:2 says, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” This encourages me to believe that we don’t need to wait to seek a relationship with the Lord. In fact, I believe the more days we have to walk with Him, the richer our lives are. And the more solid our assurance of spending all eternity with Him.
Don’t wait, like Jada and Manasseh, before you’re in trouble, to find God. Enjoy His blessings today.
PS, I hope you’ll download The Long Way Home to find out what happened to Jada.
June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.
David Maguire’s tour of duty in Germany is over, and he’s returning home to Oak Mountain, Alabama, in search of a job. After a long flight from Frankfort, he shares an Uber with Dallas resident Jada Atwood.
Jada Atwood, a registered nurse midwife, is on her way to a medical conference in Queens. If only she could live up to her father’s legacy at the hospital where she works, she could prove worthy of his reputation. Marriage awaits, yet her fiancé has yet to offer a ring.
When the Uber driver must make a stop to pick up a passenger at a Queens shopping center, two men who robbed a nearby bank commandeer the Ford as a getaway car. But when they discover two passengers, they have to get rid of the extra baggage.
After the kidnappers murder the Uber driver, David and Jada fear for their lives. Will they find their way home or die in a Pennsylvania forest?
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Thank you, June, for being my guest today. You are absolutely correct about how we sometimes choose to interact with God. I, too, am guilty of waiting until I’m “in hot water” to reach out for His help. But turning to Him in every moment, in this moment, in all moments is imperative, because He knows so much better than we do the path ahead. Julie has agreed to give away an ebook copy of The Long Way Home to a lucky commenter. The winner will be drawn on January 23, 2019, at 1 PM EST.
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