May 5, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 2:39, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
While none of us have ever experienced such physical separation for such a long period of time, most of us, however, have felt a distance of a different kind. Many factors can cause this different kind of felt distance. Perhaps I’ve said some things I should never have said. Perhaps I’ve left undone some things I should have done. Perhaps, for reasons unknown, others have kept me at arms’ length. Perhaps it’s a combination of all these factors and more. Whatever the cause, most of us know what it’s like to feel far away from others. All of those things, while separating us from God, never separate God from us.
So great is God’s love for you and me that the Son of God came here to walk among us. He became one of us. On our behalf, he demonstrated perfect faithfulness in every relationship. Then he carried our sins of unfaithfulness to the cross, where, in our place, he experienced the greatest isolation ever felt in all eternity. And after his death, to assure us that he is here and we are not alone, Jesus rose. Now, through faith in him, we possess his full forgiveness. And he is by our side.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for coming to this fallen earth to do what we cannot do, free ourselves from Gods just wrath. Help us to live better lives so that we can show your love to others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.