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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


July 18, 2007

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For the word of God is living and active. . . Hebrews 4:12a

With prescription in hand, I left the doctor’s office. He had told me, “Be sure and take one of the pills I’m prescribing before every meal.” As I walked to the pharmacist, I looked at the remedy that had been written on very official looking paper. It said, “opiuirewqnjiopgfadfdaiop.”

Although I’m not an uneducated man, I couldn’t read what the physician had written. “No matter,” I thought to myself, “it’s probably just some kind of medical shorthand.” That’s what I believed until I overheard a whispered phone-call the pharmacist made to my doctor’s office. He said, “I don’t know what medicine I’m supposed to give Pastor Klaus. I don’t know if he has hoof-and-mouth or black plague. I’ve told you before, the doctor needs to write so I can read it.”

Apparently, my doctor is not unique. That’s why Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is offering handwriting classes to their doctors. Nurses and administrators have been asked to “turn in” those physicians who might benefit the most from the three-hour class.

As I read that article carried by “Science Daily,” I had to admit that doctors are not alone in having their writings misunderstood. As any of the people who have worked with me over the years can attest, “There’s a reason I do my writing with a computer or typewriter rather than with a pen or pencil.”

Thankfully, God is one Person whose writings cannot be misunderstood. Nobody can look at the words of Scripture and say they are difficult to interpret. In Ephesians 2:8-9, the Lord says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

God’s words are clear, not cloudy. They are understandable, not incomprehensible. Look anywhere in the Bible, and you will find the facts of God’s great grace plainly stated. The Scriptures teach that each of us, left to our own devices, is condemned to an eternity in hell. Because God wished to save us from that punishment, He sent His Son to live, suffer, die, and rise. Now, by Spirit-given faith, all who believe on Jesus as their saving substitute have forgiveness and eternity in heaven.

Today, give thanks that God’s prescription for your salvation is so clear.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, although I may not be able to comprehend why You sent Your Son into the world to save me, I give thanks that You did. I am grateful for the Word that clearly tells of Your great love and grace for sinners like myself. I give thanks in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Kings 19-21    Galatians 5

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