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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Close Calls"

August 30, 2010

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Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. Psalm 37:27

Lisa Ratz said it was a close call.

John Paton agreed it was an unbelievably close call.

An unnamed man said, "It was close."

Everybody agrees that the driver of a truck from D & J Paton Brothers was lucky to be alive. Do I hear you asking, "Why?"

Well, let me tell you.

Just like in the movies, the driver was behind the wheel of the truck when it stalled on the tracks of a London railroad crossing. Just like in the movies, it so happened a freight train was coming down the tracks. And just like in the movies -- at least the ones with happy endings -- the man jumped to safety at the last second.

Now that's a good thing. But it's a better thing never to find yourself in that kind of danger ... especially spiritual danger.

Sadly, far too many people keep postponing any serious consideration of their eternal home. They put off thinking about what will happen to them if they don't have a Savior.

Now sometimes it works out. Sometimes people are brought to faith in the last moment of their lives. But why risk it? Why risk the possibility when the freight train of death might just catch you?

Maybe that's why the psalmist writes, "Depart from evil, and do good." The apostles said it better: "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. . . ." (Acts 16:31b). Truly now is the appointed time, the day of salvation.

Now I know most of the folks reading the Daily Devotions are Christians, but you probably know someone who isn't -- someone who is waiting for the last minute or . . . not waiting at all. If you know such a person, let's bring that individual before the Lord in prayer.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I speak to You on behalf of a friend. That individual has been postponing any relationship with You. As a Christian, I know it is a dangerous thing to ignore Jesus' life, His suffering, death, and resurrection. He died so we might live. May my friend be brought to that wonderful and blessed realization of faith. In my Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

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

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 13-14    2 Corinthians 4

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