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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"What I Know"

May 10, 2007

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

These devotions don’t often quote the lyrics of Broadway musicals. Still, the song of the king from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, “The King and I”, seem most appropriate today. Speaking for many of us, the monarch said something like, “I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely know.”

He was right. Many things that were once commonly known facts have now been doubted, distrusted, disproved, disbelieved, and denied.

The most recent example of changing truth comes from U.S. scientists who say there appears to be a great deal of water on Mars. Indeed, they’re predicting that the H20 deposits are so vast that if they were to be melted and brought to the surface, they would create an ocean. That’s quite a change from a few years ago when we were told Mars was a dry, dusty, desolate desert.

Like the king said, “I’m no longer certain of the things which I absolutely know.”

Have you been around long enough to agree with us? Do you remember when:

* Eggs were good for you. Then they were bad for you, and now they’re kind of good for us.

* Saint Paul said Timothy should drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake, but then we were told wine was bad for us. Now, we’re informed some wine is a great help in helping ward off disease.

* Packing a few pounds made a portly person seem prosperous?

* Smoking made you successful and sophisticated?

Things do change. They will continue to do so as long as the earth exists. This is why, in a changing world, we should give thanks for a Savior who is the same “yesterday and today and forever.”

Think about what that means. In this world, you and I will always be sinners, but because of Jesus' unfailing, unselfish sacrifice, we will always be forgiven and saved sinners. Life can be depressing, discouraging, disheartening, demoralizing, and disappointing, but in Jesus, death and the devil are defeated. We have been delivered.

A changeless Christ in a changing world, that’s something we can believe in. It’s dependable.

THE PRAYER: Dear Savior, in this ever-changing world, I give thanks for Your never changing grace and compassion. In Your name, Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 6-7    Psalms 30    John 1:29-51

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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