October 25, 2009
. . . and be content with what you have, for He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" Hebrew 13:5b-6 -
It was in the last century, that a very poor, young man went to London.
In that city he became acquainted with a young lady of the nobility -- a young lady who also happened to be wealthy.
They fell in love.
At her insistence, she was the one who went to her father to ask for permission to marry the young man. With considerable -- and understandable -- concern her father replied, "He's got no background, you don't know where he's come from." "That's true," she admitted, "but I know where he's going and I want to go with him."
So, do you know where you're going? And if you do, how many of you think your destination is good enough that others would like to travel by your side?
The truth is most people don't know where they're going.
Oh, we know if we're going to work or to the market. But where are we going with our lives? It can get pretty confusing. We start out heading one way, then we lose a job, or a friend dies, or our plans fall through, and everything changes.
Thankfully, we have a God who knows where we're going, even if we don't. Even more than that, He promises to be by our side. His love, as it comes to us in Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection, is there in our accomplishments and failures; it's there when we are detoured from our destination and present when we reach wherever our destination may be.
It's a comfort, isn't it?
It's such a comfort that those who have seen the Savior's sacrifice, who believe in the greatness and purity of His love, are glad to say to Him: "I know where He's going, and I give thanks He's taking me with Him."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for watching over and being with us. Because of the Savior we know there is no place where You will ever leave us or forsake us. For that reason, we will not fear the future or the opinions of others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries