Devotion for Friday, July 7, 2023

“But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them” (Revelation 11:11).

It may seem as though the word has been silenced and the world has won the day, but the Lord has told us beforehand how things will turn out.  The church will not die; even though there are times when you wonder whether or not it is living.  The Lord specializes in raising the dead.  He will give life when and where He pleases and it will all serve the purpose He determined beforehand.

Lord, my hope is often affected by my circumstances.  Help me to live not because of circumstances, but because of the Word you have spoken.  Lead me in Your goodness and mercy to walk away from the anxieties of this world and live by Your word.  As Scripture tells us, “You have the words of eternal life.”  If we are to live as Christians, there is no other place to go but to the author and finisher of our faith.  He will raise us up on the last day.

Judge of the living and the dead, You have given us promises that You died to deliver.  You rose from the dead to assure our hope which is in You alone.  Help me to learn from You how to live by faith and not be tossed about by circumstances.  Help me to trust in You and not what is happening around me.  Guide me, Jesus, so that I may walk and live humbly in Your presence, fulfilling the Father’s purpose. Amen.