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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Past, Present, Future"

June 21, 2003

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Isaiah 49:23 (God says,) "Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed."

Hindsight is often 20/20 vision. When we look back, it is easy to recognize our mistakes and see what we should have done differently. Sometimes looking back at what we have done brings regret.

Not so with God's actions! When we look back at what God has done -- in biblical history and in our personal histories -- we see constant kindness and faithfulness. Joshua saw it, as did Abraham, Noah, Nehemiah, the apostle Paul, and countless other Christians throughout the history of the world.

The problem is that most of the time we can see how God has worked for good in our lives only in retrospect. We may be disappointed because we want to see immediate results. But in the light of eternity, this truth will be obvious to all: Those who hope in Jesus Christ will not be disappointed!

God's loving care never fails. Did He not send Jesus to rescue us from the condemnation we deserved? The history of God's faithfulness to His people -- and to us today -- demonstrates that grace and mercy are the core of His being and doing.

What God has done in the past is a pledge, a sign of His present and future work in our lives. His promises stand sure.

PRAYER: Lord, increase my faith and trust in You; I know You will not disappoint me. 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: Proverbs 30-31    Acts 5:22-42

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