John 14:1-14, Jonah 2:1-10
God told Joshua not to be terrified or discouraged because the Lord would be with him wherever he went Joshua 1:9. In John 14, Jesus tells us not to worry – but to trust in God and also in him, that he is the way, the truth and the life.
In Jonah 2:2, Jonah prayed “out of the depths of the grave”. Those words take us to places where many in the past, present, and in the future are confronted with dire circumstances. Such moments are serious and critical for us and may be terrifying for many. Some will afford us an escape and others will not. How we respond makes a huge difference.
Jonah stated that when his life was “ebbing away” he remembered the Lord and prayed to him. He stated, “Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.” Jonah 2:8 Jonah, and many others, have responded faithfully to God and found relief in this world. Our Lord offers us profound solace in the face of difficult challenges, and much more, beyond our final moments here on earth. What worthless idols might you be clinging to? Release them and place your trust in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Gracious God, keep me from clinging to worthless things and ideologies; fill me with your guiding Spirit through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.