I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8
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
Sometimes the help we need the most, we find the hardest to ask for.
Oppressed by her guilt feelings, Ana looked for help. As she searched for someone to assist her, she felt no one understood. She was invited by a neighbor to attend a Bible study. There she had the opportunity to learn about the Word of God and felt she could ask for help. With a shy voice and a broken heart she asked, "Can someone help me? I feel so guilty."
"Yes!" was the answer that was heard. The silence was deep.
"Who?" Ana asked, looking around her.
"God," was the reply.
God! Yes, God can help you. Many people live carrying terrible burdens of guilt because they don't know where to look or refuse to receive help offered them because it comes in a way different than they expected.
God is our help. He has His eyes on each one of us. He hears every request we make. He creates the opportunity to share our concerns and leads us in our search. Many times our load of guilt makes us tired and weak. But God's love is bigger and offers peace through Jesus Christ, His Son.
Do we feel imprisoned by concern, anguish, and guilt? God, through Jesus, invites us to lay our burden at the cross. In Him we can find real forgiveness and peace, because He has taken the weight of our guilt to the cross, and we have the blessing of being able to serve and help others to know God's power and presence. In this way, everyone glorifies Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear God, please keep Your eyes on me. Come to my aid. Help me to understand and live according to Your Word. Show me the way to the true life and teach me how to follow it. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Rev. Gerardo Meyer assists Lutheran Hour Ministries-Argentina, known in Argentina as "Fundacion Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones" (Foundation of Christ for All Nations). With 30-second radio spots entitled "Enfoque," it produces messages on marriage, relationships, and everyday concerns that stations broadcast to a potential audience of more than 20 million people in South America.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.