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"Alive"

August 18, 2006

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"This is what the LORD says--He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you." Isaiah 44:2

"Get a life!" is the contemporary reply we hear to rebut a whiny spirit or complaining tone. Usually spoken humorously, the phrase has considerable merit; carping or being disgruntled doesn't belong in the life of one who knows Jesus Christ.

But what is this life we are supposed to "get?" Is it a life filled with only good things? Is it a life where the way is always smooth? To be worthwhile, life should have more depth than that. It ought to include an inner composure that shows in the way we live, no matter our circumstance.

That's a life we don't have to work hard to "get." It is already ours. For God formed us in our mother's womb. God knew us before we were born. Our days are literally in His hands. We have His Word on it. And He will help us along the way because by His grace, He chose us to be His adopted children through Holy Baptism.

So the psalmist can sing that God knows everything about him (Psalm 119:168). How uplifting and sustaining that is! God's knowledge of us is nothing to be feared. Rather, we are led to praise God and to thank Him for His wonderful works by which we are alive in Christ and on the way to life everlasting.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we want to live all our days the life You have given us to live through Christ. Help us. Amen.

(Devotions from "The Abundant Life" copyright 1998, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time e-mailing of this link to a friend. For information on other devotional material, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit CPH at www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 48-50    1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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