Isaiah 59:15-21; Revelation 2:8-17; John 4:46-54
Sometimes it seems like we are living where the devil is king. The faithful are imprisoned and killed, or increasingly castigated or marginalized. Still, these are the days! Do not lament the times in which you live. Instead, really live in these times. Hold fast to Christ’s Name, and do not deny the faith, though you might be called to suffer. Doing so will make our times seem remarkable to believers of a future age.
When all seems lost, as with the official in the Gospel Reading, Jesus calls us to believe his word and go about our business. Though it sometimes does not feel like it, the good and righteous King is in control. The Redeemer is at work among us even in these evil days. The Lord has clothed himself in righteousness, salvation, zeal, and vengeance and will accomplish his will.
God has given us similar gifts so that we may live triumphantly in these days. We too should dress as the Lord, so that even if we end up in chains, we may remain “strong in the Lord and the strength of his might.” (Eph 6:10-20)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me put on your armor so that I may live faithfully for you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.