"Where He Isn't"
October 11, 2012
Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. Psalm 139:7-12
American labor leader Jimmy Hoffa knew a lot of important and powerful men. He was last seen on the 30th of July in 1975, in the company of two of those important and powerful men.
For more than 30 years now authorities have been looking for Jimmy Hoffa. Those authorities have looked just about everywhere. The search has taken lawmen to Giants Stadium in New Jersey, to the side of a backyard pool, to the crawlspace under a home's floorboards, to a horse farm, a fat-rendering plant, and a Florida swamp.
Most recently, a lead has come in from a man who says he thought he saw Mr. Hoffa being buried under the driveway of a suburban Detroit home. Ground sonar verifies the ground was disturbed, and now soil samples have been sent in to see if there are any signs of human remains.
Of course, if there is somebody down there, it doesn't necessarily mean it is Mr. Hoffa.
So, where is Mr. Hoffa? The authorities don't know. I don't know. You probably don't know, and it's quite possible the folks who placed him in his current resting place more than three decades ago have also left this veil of tears.
So, where is Mr. Hoffa? Psalm 139 makes it clear: the Lord knows.
The Lord knows how Mr. Hoffa met his end. He knows where Mr. Hoffa's body has been placed and, most importantly, the Lord knows where Mr. Hoffa is currently residing.
When it comes down to it, that last statement -- the one about where Mr. Hoffa's present residence is -- is the only one which is important. For all of us the location of our eternal residence is of paramount importance.
So we might live forever in heaven is why the Lord took pity on sinful humanity and made a promise to send His Son. That promise was kept in the Person of Jesus Christ, who was born over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem.
During His lifetime, Jesus fulfilled all the laws for us; He resisted temptation for us; He carried our sins for us, and He died the death our disobedience had earned. His resurrection from the dead is proof positive that Jesus' sacrifice had been accepted.
Now, by the power of the Lord working through His means of grace, sinful souls can be saved and be given heaven as their final residence.
And that, dear Daily Devotion readers, is far more important than answering the question, "Where is Jimmy Hoffa?"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the greatest mystery this world has ever seen is the question, "Why would You sacrifice Your Son to save us?" It is a question we can never answer. All we can do is give thanks for Your great grace, as it has come to us in the Savior. In His Name we pray. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries