Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. John 14:1
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
While working with the Bible League in Cambodia, I met a young man named Dan, whose job was collecting rubbish. He had no place to live, so he slept on the street. His parents were very poor and had five other children at home to care for. Whenever he got a paycheck, he always sent it home to help his family. It was a lonely life for him with no friends and no hope.
When I first met Dan, he looked so miserable. I asked him a lot of questions about his past and what had happened to him. His face appeared a little happier as we continued to talk. I shared some Scriptures and told him that God loved him very much. I told him about Jesus, who came to forgive his sins and give him hope, joy, and love in his life. I shared with him this verse from John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
I continued to encourage Dan to trust in God and, one day, we looked for a quiet place and prayed together. After we talked with God, Dan felt so happy in his heart. And then I read 1 Peter 1:8-9 to him: "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
Dan now has hope and a real joy in his life. God is healing his heart through the power of His Word.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we pray for all people like Dan. Help us to tell others about Your love for them so that they will follow Jesus and share these living Words with others, also. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Ou Socheat assists Lutheran Hour Ministries' operations in Cambodia, where through the Cambodian Christian Media Center, Bible Correspondence Courses, and radio broadcasts over Radio FM 99, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ is proclaimed.
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