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"God Has His Purpose"

January 15, 2003

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Psalm 115:3 "Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him."

There are plenty of things going on nowadays that seem to be the devil's handiwork--things that make our times look like "the hour and the power of the dark." Yet even in the hour of darkness God has His purpose.

Often it is precisely in the hour and the power of darkness that God has His moment. It was so at Calvary. In the very moment when Satan was making his most powerful impact up there on that awful hill, God was fulfilling His most glorious purpose and plan for our salvation. God took hold of Satan's finest hour and used it to crush him forever.

What this means is that our desperate moments, when terribly crushing things keep happening to us, are not out of control but are being turned by the all-powerful One Himself into the great benedictions of our lives.

Maybe we can't see that at the moment. Maybe we can't see it in our lives. But surely we can see it in the life of Christ, and that is quite enough. God has His purpose. He had His purpose in what happened to Christ. He has His purpose in what happens to us.

PRAYER: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even in the hour and the power of darkness, with our hand firmly in Yours, we will walk with confidence. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 17-19    Matthew 10:21-42

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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