May 2, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Luke 13:29, “People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
I was reading an article yesterday about Michael Jackson. His estate was called “Neverland,” an island of peace and contentment in the book Peter Pan. Michael’s dream estate never gave him true peace and contentment he so urgently pursued. As I thought about it, “Neverland” is a fitting name for the world we live in today. It never seems to give us the peace and contentment we so earnestly desire. Things might be going great, and then a pandemic turns our lives upside down. But even before the coronavirus brought upheaval and anxiety into your life, you probably had financial pressures, relationship problems, work stress, illness in your body, or sadness in your heart.
But even as we are keenly aware of how this life fails us, here’s what does not fail: God’s love for you. The Bible describes God’s love as “unfailing” no less than 32 times. So, expect this world to be a “Neverland” when it comes to being what you long for it to be. But be content and at peace anyway. Because God’s love in Jesus Christ will never fail you, in that love, God will keep forgiving you and giving you what you need until that day when he brings you to perfectly restored life in “forever” land, the new heaven and earth on Judgement Day.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, turn us back to you when we begin to rely on the things of this world for peace and contentment. Help us to stay focused on you and your promises of eternal life with you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.