July 13, 2008
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Living in St. Louis gives a full complement of changing seasons. While I've always appreciated the varied beauties of nature, I remember one sunset, an especially beautiful sunset, which really touched me.
As I was watching the spectrum of changing colors and marveled at that demonstration of God's blessings, I remembered a story about the scientist, Albert Einstein. This story comes from the time when he was in Princeton. The brilliant man was walking along the Promenade, gazing at the starlit night. Looking up into the sky, he sighed wearily and said, "Anyway, that the atom bomb cannot destroy."
All too often, as we read the newspapers and listen to the news on television and radio, we are inclined to think there's no hope for humankind. We seem to go from one tragedy and emergency to another; one crisis replaces another.
At such moments, it is good for us to realize that God, not sinful humankind, is in control. All the world's hatred cannot destroy God's love. All the sin around us cannot destroy the joy we have in Jesus, it cannot push the risen Savior back into His tomb.
To look at a sunset, a starry night, or the cross of Calvary, is good for us. When we do, we will know the messed-up minds of man cannot destroy these.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I rejoice in the knowledge that nothing can separate me from Your love or destroy the joy I have in Jesus! Help me to live in the safety of Your hands and share the peace which passes all human understanding. I pray it in the Name of my Savior. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries