Friday, March 21, 2008

Fri., 3/21/08 Devotion (Jn. 11:25)

Today's encouragement comes from John 11:25, where we read these words:

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.' "

What is dead about us today? Are our hopes, dreams, desires, or goods moribund (dead)? If so, our only hope is a Living Person, who Himself has experienced death in its worst and most unjust form. In a fallen world, God does not promise us the absence of death. (In fact, He promises us the presence of it.)

Resurrection would not be possible without death. So, instead of grousing about all our "dead" troubles--let us rather make them work for our good, by submitting them (and ourselves) to the Risen King.

[Puritan quote of the day: "What use would there be of stars, if the sun did always shine?" --Thomas Brooks, in "Heaven on Earth"]