December 22, 2014


Isaiah 11:10-16; Revelation 20:1-10; John 5:30-47

Sir Walter Raleigh was a man who had earned much—and lost much. But he never lost one thing he had: a free gift that he never earned. Eventually, Raleigh fell out of favor with Queen Elizabeth and was sent to the tower to be beheaded. Throughout this great trial, he did not fall from faith in his King. The night before his death, while awaiting his execution, he wrote in his Bible:

But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust!

Though we are scattered among the nations today, enduring trial after trial, one day the Lord will recover his faithful remnant from the four corners of the earth. We may lose much—family, employment, status, and more—but may we never lose our faith.

During this age (“a thousand years”), though earthly rulers abound, it is we who truly reign with Christ by walking the new, resurrected life. (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12) Here and now, we are priests of God (1Pet 2:9) if we believe Christ’s words until the end.

Prayer: As the evening of life fast falls, abide with me, Lord. Amen.

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

Image based upon the work of Rudolph Koch

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