December 16, 2014


Isaiah 9:2-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69

When the musician, Ray Charles, was still a boy, his mother said to him, “You’re blind, son, not stupid. You lost your sight, not your mind!” When people have their minds made up, they may see a light shining before them, but it may as well be pitch darkness. They are determined not to see. They may even be set on extinguishing the light.

Yet, the world’s determination is futile, for the will of God is stronger than that of men. God’s mind is also settled. The increase of the government of the Prince of Peace will have no end—even if some try to terminate his kingdom, as it seems they try to do in all ages.

A lamp shines in these troubled times too. That lamp is the Word of God. We would “do well to pay attention” and “cling to it until the last day,” as Luther says, and “regard everything else as darkness.” In this age and in the everlasting age to come, the Lord is our Light (Rev 21:23), and unless we have lost our minds and hearts, we will cling to him until he comes with power and great glory. (Luke 21:27)

Prayer: Lord, show me your light that I may never deny you. Amen.

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

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