Easter Devotion-Thursday, April 7, 2016



Thursday, April 7, 2016


for we walk by faith, not by sight.   2 Corinthians 5:7


During our study of “The Story,” the Upper Story and the lower story have been a central theme.  It gives me cause to reflect about how God has been at work in my life, furthering His Upper Story through my lower story.   Hearing about the Old Testament Hebrews’ roller coaster ride relationship with God has been comforting to me.  Those people could never seem to stay on track; they wandered off, only to be pulled back into a close relationship with God.   He loved them so much and just wouldn’t give up on His chosen people.


My life has been a series of ups and downs.  Coming from a strong Christian home did not prevent me from wandering off from God.  There are times when it is hard to get out of bed and go to church.  My prayers become infrequent and shallow.  This happens when I feel powerful and self-assured.  I just don’t feel the need to depend on God and even wonder if this faith thing is just a man-made idea.   Martin Luther said “The heart of man is empty and he must rely on someone.”  We all believe in something.  That something has often been a belief in myself.


God never withdraws His love from me.  He finds ways to bring me back.  At times when health fails, I disappoint someone, relationships fall apart, or friends have proven not to be friends, I become painfully aware of the gap inside me.   Paul reminds us that as God’s children, faith guides us, not a dependence on ourselves. Our senses fail us, God does not.  Paul tells us in Hebrews 1:1, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the assurance of things not seen.”  God loves you.  You are His.  That’s the way it is and always will be.  He gives us all the strength to walk in faith, not having to trust our own failing reason or bodily strength.


THE PRAYER:   Lord, your love is overwhelming.  I would have given up on me long ago if I were you, but you stay close, even when I am not aware of your presence. Thank you for loving and redeeming me as your own. Grant me the strength to be close to you today.  AMEN


THE AUTHOR: Don Hugo and his wife, Cherie, have been members at Zion since 1988.