May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. - Romans 15:13

Hospital Devotions - 22

Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."

"I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said, but the doctor disagreed, and here you are. You came as he told you to because you trust him to know your physical condition better than you do.

That makes you a good illustration for many people. We don’t always feel very sinful; sometimes we feel pretty good about ourselves. But God disagrees. He tell us, "You are lost and miserable sinners, and your only hope is to believe in my Son who died for your sins."

Even if we don’t feel very sick, we believe the doctor and go to the hospital. Let us show the same confidence in our Creator. Let us read through his Law to see why he calls us sinners. And let us take his cure for this eternally fatal disease: trusting in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who heals our souls through the forgiveness of our sins which he won by his death on the cross.

Prayer: Lord God, help me to confess my sins, and to believe your Law when it accuses me. But help me all the more to believe your Gospel when it tells of the forgiveness and eternal life which your Son gained for me. Amen.

Additional Thoughts for Meditation:

Isaiah 1:18 - Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

See also: Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 18:9-14; Romans 3:9-26

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