Devotion for May 13, 2020

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)

In the creation of faith within you, He has made you His own creation, and His own hands in this world to provide for others. “Christ lives in me,” Paul says, and that’s what James agrees with here. You are the first fruits of God’s creatures, the one with a divine mark given in Holy Baptism, who goes out into this world as the light of Christ.

The Lord God has equipped you in every way possible for life in this sinful and broken world, and He has provided you with the means to learn even more about His love for you through His called and ordained servants, through the study of His Word, and in corporate worship with your fellow Christians. God your Father never changes. He is the unmoving rock of certainty in your life, the one always ready to hear your needs, and always ready to give you everything you need as you navigate the world around you that He has given.

Go forth joyfully in Jesus, knowing that He is beside you all the way, never abandoning you, and always providing you with all you need, especially the gift of salvation.

Now thank we all our God,
With hearts and hands and voices.
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms,
Has blest us on our way;
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.
(Now Thank We All Our God, LSB 895:1)

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike

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