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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Faith for the Storms"

September 11, 2003

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"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" Romans 8:35

At La Guardia Airport in New York City there is a sign that reads, "Runway Reading 134'M. Recheck your compass." Before a pilot lifts his jet off the ground, he can check whether his compass is correct. The flight may run into a storm, and poor visibility would make it particularly necessary for him to rely on his instruments. If he is to reach his destination, the compass must be working properly.

Sooner or later we meet storms in our lives: financial setbacks, poor health, death, and many other problems. Often the troubles are so great that we don't know what to do.

What a blessing a strong faith in God is, especially in such days! It is a wonderful comfort to know that He is in control and no burden will be more than we can bear. Even though the going is rough, we know there is eternal joy ahead. The conviction that God loves us keeps us steady and gives meaning to our lives.

We must draw closer to God before trials come. Life is not just a stormy journey to be endured. It is a gift to be enjoyed and used in the service of Him who came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.

PRAYER: Thank You, loving Father, for Your assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love. In every storm of life draw us closer to You and bring us safely home. Amen.

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

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 29-30    Acts 19:21-41

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