devotion spotlight

November 18, 2021
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It's Like I Just saw You by Julie Luetke

    Think about the times you connected with a friend or relative you hadn’t seen in a long time.  After a short hello, it is like you were never apart.  The conversation gets going and the laughter fills the room.  It is hard to believe, but the years, or even decades, couldn’t diminish the closeness between you. 

     My parents have both died.  Maybe you have lost a spouse or a child.  If you have any amount of years on you, someone you love has died.  It is devastating to say good-bye, knowing the rest of your days on earth will be without the love and companionship of that person.  Death is never pretty or easy.

     Both of my parents knew Jesus had taken their sin away by His death and resurrection.  They died confident they would be reunited with their infant children who died decades before.   If it is God’s will, I may live another 20-30 years.  When I die, knowing Jesus as my Savior, the reunion with my parents will be like we were never apart.

     This confidence I have comes from Paul’s words to the young pastor, Timothy: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”… “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:1 and 16 NIV)

     We are bombarded with events and ideas that can chip away at our trust in God.  Our personal fears and temptations can weaken and destroy faith if we don’t persevere in the truths of God’s Word.  When our lives are over, and with God’s help we have kept our eyes on Jesus, our only Savior, we will enter heaven just like our loved ones who have kept the faith.

     “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV)

     Dear Lord, I am weak, but you are strong.  Carry me through this life clinging to You and bring me safely to Your side forever.  Amen.

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