The ELCA Breaks Trust

Editor’s Note: The article below by Pastor Dennis D. Nelson originally appeared in the Summer 2018 Newsletter.

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Devotion for Saturday, August 25, 2018

“For we have been consumed by Your anger and by Your wrath we have been dismayed. You have placed our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.” (Psalm 90:7-8)


There is nothing done that You do not know about. Those who think they can hide and continue in their ways do not know You. Lord, bring me out from my pretense to see in You the hope You give that I may live freely knowing that You know all things. Bring Your Spirit upon me to learn to listen and obey all the directions You give in order to mature into the faith You have given me.

Lord, You know my inmost struggles and the ways that I have lived. Lift me up from those things that harm me and teach me to obey all that You have commanded. Keep me from becoming defensive about where I have been that I would freely confess my sin and receive the forgiveness You offer. You have sent the Savior; He is the one thing necessary. Teach me to trust Your provision in all things.

Lord Jesus, You have come to free us from the trap of sin which ignores You and lives with our own ideas as our guide. Lift me up to live according to the Father’s purpose that I may grow in the faith You have given me and do those things which are pleasing to the Father. Walk with me and teach me to walk with You that I may listen as the Holy Spirit speaks to me this day. Amen.