If Only!

Often hindsight is filled with painful "If onlys." If only Eve had not eaten of the fruit of the tree. If only Joshua had sought the will of the Lord before attacking Ai. If only Saul had done what the Lord directed Him concerning the Amalekites. The list could go on and on.

In our own experience maybe we look back and say the same thing. "If only I had followed my parents advice." "If only I had studied harder." "If only I had thought before I spoke." "If only I knew more about the effects of abortion." "If only I had not watched those immoral soap operas." "If only we had spent more time preparing our children for spiritual success." "If only we invested in eternity more."

Nowhere will "If only" be more painful than in the eternal lake of fire. "If only I had read the Bible." "If only I had believed the Gospel when I heard it."

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Let’s make the decisions necessary to avoid the painful "If onlys."