There are three big things I’d like to alert you to coming up this month.
It’s basketball time here at King of Kings. There are home games tonight (4:30 & 5:30), tomorrow (10 am) and next Thursday (4:30 & 5:30). Next Saturday, January 20, we host the SALSA East tournament. Eight teams from five WELS schools (us, Deltona, Palm Coast, Melbourne, and Kissimmee) will be here. Games go from 8 am to 6 pm.
Next Sunday, January 21, Pastor Bob Fleischmann from Christian Life Resources will be here. He will have the adult Bible study hour to talk about current life issues and answer any questions you might have. CLR covers a wide range of topics, really anything that has to do with the sanctity of life. Pastor Fleischmann will also be our guest preacher. After the service, he will meet with our local Crusaders for Life chapter.
Finally, January 28, Pastor Larry Zahn will be here to guest preach as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration. Pastor Zahn served as pastor of King of Kings for twelve years prior to Pastor Golisch. This past summer, he retired from active ministry and moved to Tennessee. We look forward to having him here and sharing stories of the past. After that service, we will have our annual chili cook-off. Bring your best chili to share. Attendees get to vote on their favorites.
Those are the highlights. Now here’s today’s devotion:
Jesus is Our Hope
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
As Christians, the Holy Spirit has instilled in us a desire to love and serve him. But sometimes our desires are in conflict with God’s desires. Our sinful nature longs to sin. We are tempted to go our own way. We desire the easy path—the path of least resistance—rather than the godly path which is often difficult since it goes against the desires of the flesh.
What does the psalmist suggest? “Show me your ways, O Lord.” In other words, “God, you teach me.” And where does God teach us? That’s right. In His Word. The Bible teaches us God’s will. It contains the Commandments, the words of the prophets, the teachings of Jesus and the instruction of the apostles. It describes the struggles of our spiritual forefathers to both warn and encourage us.
There is more. The psalmist also gives us the reason why we seek God’s way. “For you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Without God as my Savior, this is all futile and hopeless. Even the most attentive Christian still sins. Temptations trip us up. Sin causes us to stumble. We wander down paths that he has warned us will lead to harm. We fail in our efforts to live for God and thus fall under his judgment.
But God is my Savior. He saw our struggle and came to our aid. He sent Jesus from heaven who walked life’s path for us–perfectly. And for all the times we fall and fail to follow God’s way, Jesus bore our guilt and suffered the judgment of God we deserved. My life is not one of despair, but hope in the Lord. I have forgiveness and salvation. So do you. Secure in my salvation, I seek to serve and honor God my Savior.
Jesus, I praise and honor you for being my Savior who walked the path of life perfectly for me and rescued me from the destruction I deserve for my sin. Guide me now to live and walk in God’s way out of thankfulness and joy for the hope that you give me. Amen.