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Weekly Devotional for 12/4/22

“And the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do I not send you?’” Judges 6:14.

In every age, people have always struggled with evil in the world, expecting that God will just eradicate it. After doing so once through a global flood, though, He promised not to do so again … until a final judgment through fire. He still combats evil—but now through His people and their influence for good in the world. Gideon was a typical follower, just a man trying to get through life in the best way that he could. When the angel of the LORD comes to him, he questions why God allows evil—not at all considering that it’s man’s sin that causes it or that God may have a purpose for allowing it to exist. Then, he finds out that he is God’s purpose, that God intends to save His people through him. Gideon rightly expresses his limitations, as we each would do, but God says that he is to go in this might of his. Might? What might does Gideon have? None that he can see. But, God adds, “Do I not send you?” His might is the LORD—as is ours! 
Does not Jesus command us to go and make disciples, sending us out with the promise of His presence? 
“For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption” Psalm 16:10. 
We are uncomfortable with the unknown—and what happens to us after death is one of those subjects.  Perhaps we identify with Thomas when he said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” But, we must trust that God would give us all that we need to get to the place Jesus has gone to prepare for us. A lack of trust was Thomas’ struggle. So, we must be content not understanding the details of how we will get to the place prepared—but trust that Jesus has prepared a place! Before my wife passed in 2020, she had this trust. Expressing concern about the process of dying, we spoke much about the transition from this life to the next. I told her that I didn’t know how it would happen, but when she saw Jesus, she should no longer concern herself with the things of this temporary existence but run into His arms. When Peter aptly applied this verse to Jesus on Pentecost, that He would not see corruption or His soul not be abandoned to the grave. But, in the context of the rest of the psalm, this verse is meant for our benefit. 
Are you encouraged by this promise?

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Thursday, December 08, 2022

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(Daily Reading, ESV)