There are over 31,000 verses in the Bible. There are long ones (Esther 8:9) and there are short ones (John 11:35). There are ones which speak of eternal life (Matthew 19:16) and those which express the idea of a second death (Revelation 2:11). There are verses which convey great happiness (Acts 15:3) and yes, even those which deliver very sad news.
The saddest of the sad verses was penned by the apostle Paul. He had a special relationship with the brethren in Ephesus. He spent three years with the Church there (Acts 20:31) and bade a tearful goodbye to its elders (Acts 20:17-38). Yet, he reminded them of their sad and gloomy pre-converted state.
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).
What a very sad verse! What a miserable story it tells of a people who once had no relationship with God. They did not have Christ, without whom man can do nothing (John 15:5). God was a foreign concept to them, and God’s promises had absolutely no effect on them whatsoever. They lived a life void of hope and void of God’s presence — can it get any sadder?
While this verse was written about the Gentiles deplorable condition, it tells the story of too many today. Too many are without God, Christ and hope.
On this day, be sure you are not defined by this sad verse. Be sure God is an intricate part of your life.
A story with a sad beginning does not have to end the same way. And with great and everlasting thanks to God, our sad and sinful story can end in glorious fashion.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13).
Today, be and stay close to God. In the end, you will not regret it!