Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My Word. John 8:43
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
Very few people put into practice the message our Lord Jesus Christ taught us.
From childhood, many of us have heard, read, and been told the Good News of Jesus Christ-that He died on the cross and rose again to forgive our sins. That Good News was written by the disciples and apostles, foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament, and impressed upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
How well Jesus knew we'd be slow-minded when it comes to receiving His Word. By nature, we don't understand His way of speaking. Through God's Spirit, however, we can know Him and believe in Him and trust Him for salvation. And, of course, it is God's Word that bears the gift of forgiveness and eternal life to all who will believe.
Reading His Word is essential for our spiritual growth. Going through Scripture with a study partner is a great way for each person to gain a better understanding of what God is saying. It also helps us recognize Jesus' voice and respond to it. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27).
And that is a voice we don't want to miss.
THE PRAYER: Thank You, dear God, for blessing us and enabling us to hear Your message of love through Your Son. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion was written by a volunteer from the Lutheran Hour Ministries' office in Nicaragua. As volunteers, these individuals are on the frontlines helping people in need and sharing the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ with their brothers and sisters in more than 40 countries worldwide.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.