24. Many readers will immediately think of the Fox Network television series of 24 episodes each season which covered 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer, an agent for a counter-terrorist unit.
I'm not referring to the TV series, but to the 24 hours given to us daily for life, work and ministry wherever God has planted us. The 24-hour day I'm talking about goes much faster than the show, which takes almost half a year for a day to transpire.
Many times we feel as though time stands still, that it drags its feet and prolongs our agony in the situations life has dealt us. But let me encourage you. God has a special plan for each of our lives. I often joke about being the CEO (chief encouraging officer) for California Southern Baptists, but I believe with all my heart that God has called me to this position to encourage and move us forward in reaching every man and woman, boy and girl in our state for Christ.
In the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6 the words "give us this day our daily bread" are a constant reminder of His provision. In the same chapter, the Lord tells us not to worry because we are valuable to Him. In writing about hours, it is interesting that Matthew 6:27 asks, "Who can add a single hour to his life by worrying?"
Another one of God's promises is to never leave us or forsake us, found in many biblical passages, notably Hebrews 13:5b. Knowing He provides and protects should give us a sense of peace as we travel this journey of life - but often it does not.
The noise of the world and toxic conversations keep our hearts filled with all sorts of anxieties. There comes a point in life when we need to turn off the noise and listen to His promises for our daily lives and ministries.
There are so many wonderful things happening in our state among our churches and members. Daily I hear reports of good news related to missions, ministry and evangelism. Just last month, there were an extraordinary number of churches that reported record attendance and salvations during the Easter season.
Permit me to encourage you to take a moment to reflect on God's grace and presence in your life and to celebrate with others the blessings of the Heavenly Father and the gift of another 24 hours to serve Him.