July 3, 2009
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24
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
Once there was a boy whose father promised him the chance to travel to a beautiful place in Guatemala for his birthday. This promise kept him excited for many days. Finally, the boy's birthday arrived. Everything was ready, and he was anxious to get going. No sooner had they stepped off their front porch and it started to rain. It did not stop for several days, making conditions dangerous for travel. The boy's father couldn't keep his promise, and this frustrated the little boy.
Fortunately, as Christians we have a Father who never fails us. We have a God who keeps His promises. From beginning to end, the Bible shows us how God gives us promises and keeps them. In Scripture, we see He is the one who takes the initiative and keeps His covenant with us. In Genesis, God promised Abraham land, descendants, and blessings -- and He fulfilled His promise. Through the prophets, God promised to send the Messiah to redeem His people, and it came to pass. He fulfilled His promise through Jesus Christ.
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ continues to give us promises. He promised His disciples a Counselor who would guide them -- and us -- into all truth. The book of Acts registers that fulfillment. Jesus also promises He would be with us until the end of time, and He is keeping His Word.
We live in an age where promises are cheap and, more often than not, broken. The prattle of television commercials promises us a slim figure or beauty in an instant. Horoscopes promise fame, love, and fortune. Politicians promise labor improvement and better social conditions. The common denominator among all these is they fail to accomplish what they promise.
Isn't it wonderful to know that God the Father always keeps His promises? Therefore, we must seek Him with confidence knowing He is faithful to His Word. Let us go to His Word daily with a humble heart and obedient mind to discover His promises for our lives, seeking His truth in all things.
THE PRAYER: Faithful Father, thank You for keeping Your promises. You are my portion and I will hope in You. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion was written by Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliézar, who serves as a musician, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Guatemala City. In that city of more than two million people, the Lutheran Hour Ministries' office has been working since 1993. Its ministry includes Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), Equipping The Saints (ETS) and Project JOEL, a program reaching out to young people throughout the country.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.