This Week’s Devotional

This is the second posting of a devotional from a man in our congregation. I trust you’ll find it an encouragement to your faith and a meal for your soul.

Why do you seek the living among the dead?

Luke 24.5

“But I have never had a desire to look for the living among the dead,” you may expostulate. “Besides, unlike Mary, I am not one to overlook the resurrected Lord.” Ask then why the dead works of self-effort persist in vitiating a living faith in Jesus Christ? The High Priest of Heaven declares plainly, I am not the God of the dead but of the living. Why does failed culture continue to eclipse the will of the Father? The Master speaks vividly, Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven. And why do the moribund teachings of men shackle the wisdom of Immanuel, when whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4.4)

Consider the query, Why do I seek the living among the dead? There is only One among those once dead who now lives and is alive forever. He is the only true God and Potentate. He is the Shepherd of mercy, healing and grace. He is Christ Jesus, Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Resurrection and the Life.

“Lord Jesus, enlarge our faith in You. Teach us Your ways. Therein we shall subdue kingdoms, enact righteousness, obtain promises, stop the mouths of lions… and out of weakness be made strong. (Hebrews 11.33,34) Eternal Savior, awaken us from indolence to become not unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (II Peter 1.8) Cause us to uphold the testimony of the Holy Spirit; honor the triumph of Christ Jesus; and rejoice in the truth of the Everlasting Father. Gracious Friend, for these gifts of Life we thank You today and praise You world without end. Amen.”

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