Hospital Devotions - 2
Job 14:14 - If a man dies, will he live again?
No one likes to think about death. I’ll freely admit I am no exception to the rule. But as I grow older, it becomes more and more apparent that my appointment with death cannot be canceled.
Must thoughts of my own death cause me to abandon all hope and become lost in area of grief and despair? Satan says, "Yes!" God says, "No!" In his Holy Word God reminds me that I have been ransomed from the grave through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He died that I might live. And live I will. When I bid farewell to all things earthy, my soul will be with the Lord in the mansions above! I have my Savior’s word on it.
Perhaps my present confinement is God’s way of focusing my attention on matters I would otherwise ignore. My God wants me to set my house in order. He wants my faith in Jesus to be cultivated and invigorated by the Holy spirit working through Word and Sacrament. Then my day of departing will be a supreme triumph. With Job of old I will confess, "All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come."
Prayer: Lord of Life, give me the sure hope of eternal life through the death and resurrection of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Additional Thoughts for Meditation:
Job 19:25-27 - I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
See also: 1 Corinthians 15; Psalm 116; Hymn 152 [CW]
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