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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Scorning Your Master"

April 4, 2009

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The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners He is scornful, but to the humble He gives favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace. Proverbs 3:33-35

I don't mind April Fool's Day as long as I remember it.

We just celebrated that special day and one of the folks at The Lutheran Hour got me good. I had forgotten. Maybe the same thing has happened to you.

Being surprised was certainly what happened to the lady who, while watching TV, heard a dog instructor say you can test a dog's attitude. He said, "The master should pretend to be hurt. An ill-tempered dog will tend to bite, but a good-tempered dog will lick the fallen owner's face."

The lady decided to put her two dogs to the test. While eating pizza in her living room, she stood up, clutched her heart, screamed, and fell to the floor. Her two dogs looked at her, looked at each other, and raced to scarf down her pizza.

It occurs to me that God often feels like the owner of those two canines when He deals with us.

He has done His best to save us by sending His Son to give His life as our ransom from sin, death, and Satan. Sadly, some reject the Savior's sacrifice. In so doing they are much like the dogs who scorn their master and think only of themselves.

Those of us who are Christians should know we should do what is right: we should run to worship Him who gave His life for our eternity. But, April Fool! We humans are unpredictable, and we Christians don't always do what is right.

This is just my way of saying, I don't care if you remember April Fool's Day when it comes around next year. I do care if you give the Master the praise and thanks that are His due.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You sent Your Son to die for the sins of all humanity. Send Your Holy Spirit so all might be saved by the salvation You so freely offer. Gracious Master, give me the wisdom to never scorn You and the courage to share the good news of Your love and grace with others. With praise and thanks, I ask this. Amen.

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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 30-31    Luke 8:1-25

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