September 18, 2013
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! Psalms 40:4
PASTOR'S WARNING: If you normally read these devotions to children, won't you please preview this one first? It contains information which might be too strong for their hearing. Thank you, Pastor Klaus.
Lowanda Kilby, who ran the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter, was doing a good thing.
Under her leadership the shelter had established the Lucky Dog adoption program. Lucky Dog promised pet owners that, for a $100 fee, they would keep unwanted pets until a new home could be found for them.
People were impressed and made use of the service. Some parents dropped off a dog when it had caused allergic reactions in their children. Some said goodbye to their pooch because the place where they lived didn't allow pets. Some entrusted Fido to Boggs Mountain Shelter when the owner passed away or had a physical malady, which didn't allow them to care for their pet.
All of these owners were glad to pay Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter so their beloved friend would someday be placed into a new and loving home.
These same owners were shocked, saddened, heartbroken to hear that the county district attorney had charged Lowanda Kilby with racketeering, theft by taking, theft by deception, and computer theft. This is just the legal way of saying Kilby had taken the dogs, which had been entrusted to her, and euthanized them.
It makes you wonder just how low a person can go.
I don't have an answer to that question. Every time I think the bar has been set as low as it can possibly go, someone comes along and moves it further down. Just for the record, Satan does the same thing.
You see, in his temptations, the devil comes to us and makes all kinds of wonderful promises. To Adam and Eve he promised, "Your eyes will be opened and you will be as smart as God" (see Genesis 3). Our sinful world shows just how badly he lied. Today the devil is making other promises.
He says, "Illegal drugs will let you escape your problems." He never tells us that any benefit is temporary, against the law, and dangerous. The devil tells us we are smart, we are independent, and we really don't need God or the forgiveness Jesus has won through His life and death. What the devil fails to mention is the day will come when all unbelievers will pay a terrible price for having trusted themselves and not the Savior.
Thankfully, in opposition to Satan's lowdown lies, we have our loving Lord. He tells us it's true: sinful souls will die. But it is also true that those who believe on Jesus are washed of those sins and are given the guarantee of heaven.
In short, unlike the dogs of Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter, because of the Savior's sacrifice, God's people really are given a new home.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, Satan and his henchman continuously deceive humanity. They promise something wonderful and then substitute that which is disastrous or damning. Give us the wisdom to trust You, the only One who never would, who never could deceive us. This I ask in the Name of the Savior who alone is truth and salvation. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries