April 19, 2014


Lamentations 3:37-58; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11

There are three ways: return to the Lord, or give in to apathetic unbelief, or work at trying to appease your religious sensibilities.

Those who try to please their sense of religion or attempt to gratify God by acts of piety, will be forever dissatisfied and worn out. There is no end to their effort, and they will always be dissatisfied or worse, self-satisfied—which is a far cry from quelling the wrath of God.

Those who lapse into apathy may sometimes feel nothing, and mistake it for rest. Conscience will remain though, ever tuned to the Spirit’s insistence that we return to the Lord our God.

For those who have returned to the Lord, there is peace and rest because there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. This means that we may not be perfect in our thoughts, speech, and actions but, because we are in Christ, there is still rest. We may be dissatisfied with ourselves and feel the need to try harder. However, that desire is because we love the Lord, not because we believe he has stopped loving us. We know God is pleased with us simply because we belong to his Son.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for calling me to yourself and giving me rest, now and forever. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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