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"High And Dry"

January 2, 2011

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Not so many years ago, a Memphis paper carried a story about a mole that had tunneled into the base of an Arkansas levee.

Now don't think that it must have been an incredibly slow news day in Arkansas.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, it's true, the mole is not a big animal, but this particular mole managed to make such enthusiastic excavations that it caused a break in the Red River levee.

Another way of saying it would be this: that little mole hole quickly turned into a great big hole.

How big a hole? He caused a rip in the wall that eventually eroded over 50 feet of the Red River levee system. That 50-foot hole caused a torrent that flooded a great deal of farmland.

You know, I've observed that life is that way.

Just when we think we're safe and secure, along comes some small, insignificant problem or sin. Almost imperceptibly it digs right in. What appeared at first to be a little problem quickly grows into something major.

Before we know it, all of our well-constructed security is gone.

Maybe I should say almost all of our well-constructed security is gone. You see there is hope. This is why I can say if problems have been attacking your levee system, it's time to let the Holy Spirit renew your trust in the Lord.

Indeed, don't wait until you're flooded by problems. Now, before those problems even show up, is the time to look to the Lord for help. Our Father who sent His Son into this world to seek and save the lost is at hand.

You can trust in Him who has shown His willingness to keep you high and dry from the floods of Satan and the waters of the world.


From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"



THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, keep us from the little and big problems that would undermine us and our belief in You. Let us find contentment and safety in Your hands. There may we find assurance and protection from all which would seek to destroy us. In the 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: Genesis 4-6    Matthew 2

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