Daily Devotion Wednesday, September 5th

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 – Psalm 134; Job 12:1, 14:1-22; Acts 12:18-25 and John 8:47-59

Job 12:1, 14:1-22 – 7“For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. 8Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, 9yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. 10But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they? 11As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up, 12so mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep.

John 8:47-59 – 51Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” 52The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” 54Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ 55though you do not know him.

For Job, his death, would mean an end to life and an end to his suffering. For believers in Christ, we know that there is something beyond this life, something much better and finer – abiding and dwelling in God’s holy kingdom. Jesus promised and promises us that as we keep his word, believe in him, we will never see death. Yes, we’ll die to life on this earth, but we will rise to be with him in glory. It’s a promise that we can know he’ll keep, for he died and rose to show that he is Lord of life and Lord over death.

From the reading from Job, I reflected on how part of me continues even after I die; for Nathan and Scott have part of my DNA abiding in them, and then Mackenzie has a part of my DNA (about ¼ or there about) in her. So, just as a new tree can come from the roots of a tree that has been cut down, so a part of me lives on in her.

Today, give thanks for the promise Jesus has made to all of us, that as we abide in him we shall not just simply die, but we shall live on in his kingdom, live on in heaven. Live this day, as a child of the Kingdom of God.

O Lord, thanks for the gift of eternal life and thanks for offering it to all. This day, may you guide me to share this gift with another who may not know of your love given in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Psalm 134 – 1   Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,
who stand by night in the house of the LORD!
2   Lift up your hands to the holy place,
and bless the LORD.

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