"The Great Escape"
October 1, 2011
Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish. His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider's web. Job 8:13-14
The book of Job speaks about those who forget God and compares their trust to being something like a spider's web.
Harry Young should have read that book.
Let me explain. Years ago in New York City, thousands of people stopped running their rat race, at least for a few minutes, to observe the courage and ability of Harry Young. In order to see Young clearly, they had to watch him from across the street, and even then they had to crane their necks upwards.
You see, Young, in his ads and on his billboards, billed himself as "The Human Fly."
Young had made quite a reputation for himself by clambering up the outside of buildings. If it looked like a building couldn't be scaled, he scrambled up, without using a net or any kind of safety harness.
It was truly a death-defying act until the day Young climbed the Martinique Hotel on Broadway. He was climbing -- surely, confidently, cleanly -- until he got near the top. There he failed to find the foot and toehold he needed. Reacting quickly, he grasped out toward a narrow outcropping.
The crowd groaned and Young's wife fainted as he fell and died on the pavement below. Some said, in his hand was the remnant of a spider's web, a web he had thought was something solid.
This is just this devotion's way of saying, if you're going to put your confidence in something, make sure it's something solid.
Personally I can think of no one whom I trust more than the Savior. In His short lifespan He managed to fulfill all the promises made about Him by a thousand years of prophets. Even more than that, He healed the sick, raised the dead, resisted every temptation, stood up to the devil, carried our sins and died the death which our transgressions had earned.
Now that same crucified and risen Savior makes a promise to us. He says, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26).
Well, do you believe?
Considering the Savior's accomplishments and His victories, how can we do otherwise? Yes, we believe and we trust His Word to be faithful and true.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, there are many products which offer us a "lifetime guarantee." Only You have the ability to make a promise which is good beyond this life. Having stood at the cross and looked into the empty tomb, may my heart be filled with trust for You and Your Word. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries