The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
There are some things I'd like to hear, but I'm afraid I never will.
From my car mechanic I would like to hear him say, "The quote I gave you is way too high; I was able to do the job for $200 less than I thought."
From a policeman I'd like to hear, "You know, I'll bet my radar gun is probably off. I don't think you were speeding after all."
From a store clerk I'd like to hear, "Don't worry about the 'next lane, please' sign. I'll take my break right after I finish ringing up your purchase."
Nope, no matter how much I wish for it, I doubt I'll ever hear anybody say those things.
In contrast to the things people will never say to me, stands God who continues to surprise me by the wonderful things He tells me. When I feel unloved, He tells me He cares. When I feel alone, He reminds me He is by my side. When I'm feeling too weak to go on, He gives me strength.
Most importantly, I have a Savior who tells me He has come to seek and save the lost. All of us were once in that "lost" category, you know. But no longer.
Because of the Savior's life, suffering, death, and resurrection; because of the Holy Spirit's call, we have been moved. No longer lost, we are found . . .
. . . found and forgiven, found and free to serve, found and empowered to tell others of Jesus who says what we need to hear.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You walk beside me carrying me when I feel weak and holding me close when I feel down. What I read in Your Word is a promise that You have found me and will always be with me. For being there to hear my prayers and give me what I most need, I praise Your Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries