For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
For more than 2,000 years, navigators from all nations have known how to determine both the direction and position north or south of the Equator by using the North Star, or Polaris. In ancient times, navigators measured the angle of Polaris at their home port, then sailed north or south to bring the star back to the angle of home port, then turned left or right to sail down the latitude to home, keeping the angle constant all the way.
However, scientists know the North Star is not completely reliable as a guiding light. Over tens of thousands of years, changes in the Earth's axis of rotation will cause it to point to other regions of the sky, tracing out a circle. Other stars along this circle were the pole star in the past and will be again in the future.
The light of truth that comes from proclaiming faith in Jesus is a constant, always-reliable source of navigation and guidance for our lives. The light and hope of Jesus is that He takes away the guilt and pain of our sins so that we can be free of our past. God has a plan of hope for our future that will honor Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, please send Your Holy Spirit to touch our lives that we may seek and clearly understand Your will for our lives. Help us to know Your plan of salvation, and help us learn to put our future in Your hands. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Gary Penner is a business communicator living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, whose heart has been opened to use professional communication skills for the advancement of mission work and God’s kingdom on earth. He and his wife, Jan, are blessed with two daughters who are missionaries in their own right, Janine and Claire.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries