September 9, 2013
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything. 1 John 3:19-20
See if you can get this one right.
What type of accident causes one million collisions that are responsible for 27,000 human injuries and $3.5 billion in damages?
I can wait. Did you guess "texting"?
If so, you were wrong. The correct answer is automobile accidents that involve deer.
Of course, there are other kinds of vehicle-animal accidents. I once had a parishioner who experienced nightmares because while driving he had come around a corner and saw hundreds of eyes staring at him. That was all he remembered before his car plowed into a herd of Black Angus cattle, which had broken down a fence and wandered onto the road.
Anybody who has been involved in such an accident wishes there was a way he could know, he could see, animals that were on or approaching the road.
If that describes you, I've got good news. Mercedes-Benz and Autoliv will soon offer Night View Assist Plus on their S-class automobiles. The system will identify people, cows, moose, deer, camels and wild boar. To make this option available the companies journeyed to five continents, catalogued thousands of animals and spent many millions of dollars.
I guess those are the hoops humanity has to jump through if we want to see that which once was hidden.
In contrast to our extremely limited vision, we have the Lord who knows everything because He sees everything. He knows the location of all the animals I mentioned a few paragraphs ago and, along with that, He knows the position of every ant, bacteria, virus and mold spore. Because He knows these things, we shouldn't be surprised He also knows everything about us.
And that fact, dear Daily Devotioner, could be discomforting because it also means He knows our dark thoughts, our evil desires, our sinful longings, and our disobedient actions. He knows on our own we wandering humans will soon be mowed down by His justice and perfection.
To prevent that tragedy God made a great -- an unbelievable investment -- to make us safe. His was an investment which cannot be measured in time or paltry dollars and cents. That's because God's investment was the life of His own Son.
Now because of what Jesus has done those who believe on Him as Savior need no longer be afraid of a future collision.
Because of Jesus we are safe.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks You have invested the life of Your Son to keep me safe. May I be grateful to Him and the gift of salvation that His life, death and resurrection have brought about? Send Your Holy Spirit upon me so that I may avoid any conflict with Your Law and will. In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries