Mark 11:12-25; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Lamentations 1:1-2, 6-12
We don’t have to look far to see the fading glory of a once great city. Many cities once boasted of extraordinary things, yet fell into ruin. In their glory days, citizens could look toward a promising future while enjoying the good life. Our landscape is dotted with communities that trusted the empty promises of a world whose mantra is eat, drink, and be happy. The king of Assyria made such promises to Jerusalem during the reign of Hezekiah. “Make your peace with me… Then each one of you will eat of his own vine, and each one of his own fig tree.” (2 Kings 18:31)
Chasing after worldly things brings decay and death. Even as the fig tree bears the promise to provide food, there are limits to its ability to bear fruit. There can be no doubt; the world’s promises are empty and shallow. Yet in Christ there is hope. Jesus has won the victory over death. By God’s grace through faith, we are saved. Even as we ask for anything in prayer, pray as though you have already received it, for such is the power of God’s love.
Prayer: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, and his mercy endures forever. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.