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Seize The Moment!

“Be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 TLB)

Everyone has a dream, but most dreams never come true. It's not that we aren’t smart enough, or outgoing enough, or even spiritual enough. Usually, our dreams don't come true because we’re unwilling to take the necessary risks to reach them. The Bible shares a sad one-sentence commentary about a king who failed to achieve an important ambition in his life: “[King] Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but thy never set sail— they were wrecked at Ezion Giber” (1 Kings 22:48 NIV).

While it's a tragedy for your ship to never come in, it's a greater tragedy to build a ship and never set sail. Imagine the energy and money expended by King Jehoshaphat. He built an entire fleet of ships to go after the gold, but not one of them set sail. Evidently a storm came up while they were in the harbor, and slammed the ships against the rocks. They were all destroyed. Some people spend their whole lives waiting for their ship to come. But God isn’t waiting for your ship to come. He's waiting for you to sail your ship out of the harbor.

I know a man who for thirty years had a dream of starting a ministry, but he never took the risk to do anything about his dream. He never got his ship out of the harbor. Eventually, the man died— and so did his dream. The Bible’s antidote to that kind of tragic procrastination is as simple as an overdone catchphrase but excruciatingly difficult to apply at times: just do it! The Bible says, “Be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good” (Ephesians 5:15-16 TLB).

The Bible urges us to seize the moment and act now. To live a life with unfulfilled dreams is a tragedy. Ships aren’t made for the harbor. They’re made to set sail. Are you ready to set sail?

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you Think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________


Warren, Rick and Buddy Owens. Daring Faith: Study Guide, Rancho Santa Margarita: CA, 2015.

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