Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Friday after the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 13, 2020 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Hebrews 11:8-16 (NKJV)
11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
“By faith Abraham obeyed…by faith he dwelt in the land…by faith Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”
Faith and promises go together. Faith clings to the promise of the One who is true and faithful. And faith in the promises of the One who is true and faithful leads to hope. And we have this hope, this certain hope, because the One in whom we have faith is true and faithful.
And since that One, our God, is our heavenly Father, He gives us heavenly hope; faith, hope, and love. After hope comes love. We do not love God because we are good people, but we love him because of all that He has done for us through His Son.
We wait in faith and hope and love for the coming of our Lord Jesus who will resurrect us to new life and lead us into the heavenly realm that He has promised to us. He is faithful and true to all His promises. The Resurrection is our hope—our certain hope in the love of Christ. Come, Lord Jesus, come!
Prayer: Almighty God, we beseech Thee, show Thy mercy unto Thy humble servants, that we who put no trust in our own merits may not be dealt with after the severity of Thy judgment, but according to Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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