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» Devotion - August 1, 2014

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 12:18


Maybe you heard it from mom or dad when you were growing up: something to the effect of “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” It’s a pretty simple lesson, one that even young children can understand.

But while that lesson may be easy to understand, it’s much more difficult to put into practice, even for adults. Proverbs 12:18 says “Reckless words pierce like a sword…” Some reckless words may be spoken as gossip, talking about people when they are not present in order to make ourselves look better. Other reckless words are just that: reckless. We don’t think about what we say before we say it, and before we know it we’ve offended or hurt someone else. No matter the case, the simple fact is that our words can do quite a bit of damage to others. That’s why Solomon says that reckless words “pierce like a sword”. So we want to avoid such reckless words.

But simply not saying anything at all if we don’t have anything nice to say doesn’t cut it either. God would have us speak words to build others up. The proverb for our focus today concludes with, “but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” That means doing more than just giving out compliments. It begins with being wise. Proverbs 9:10 tells us, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy, “…from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (3:15). The good news of Christ crucified for our forgiveness is what makes us wise, and it brings healing. That God loves us so much to send Jesus to save us heals us when we hurt. Our gracious God would have us speak that good news to others to bring them healing when they face the pains of life.

God has made us wise for salvation and he has put his healing words on our lips so that we can bring his healing to others. So speak about Jesus.

Prayer: 

Thank you, gracious Father, for sending your Son Jesus to save me from sin. Help me to hear your good news more and more so that when I have the chance to speak, I can bring the healing of Jesus’ salvation to others. Amen.

“Summer with Solomon” is a special series of Daily Devotions on Thursday and Friday based on readings from the book of Proverbs.

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» Devotion - July 31, 2014

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:15


The nine-year-old boy was pitching for his little league team. It wasn’t going well, as he was walking batter after batter. When the team finally got back to the dugout, his dad said, “Pitch from the stretch.” Well, the boy didn’t know what the “stretch” was, and he was way too busy with his friends to take time to listen to his dad’s explanation, and so he continued to pitch from the wind-up. Not surprisingly, the rest of the game was a mess. The boy was foolish to refuse to listen to his dad.

How much more foolish if we refuse to listen to our heavenly Father! And yet, how often don’t we do just that? God says to forgive; we cling to grudges. God says to be kind and compassionate; we lash out in anger or deal selfishly with others. God says to seek his kingdom first; we focus on all sorts of other things, allowing God’s kingdom to go to the back-burner in our priorities. How foolish we are to refuse to listen to God, just as the little league pitcher was foolish for not listening to his dad’s advice.

But Dad was amazingly gracious. When they got home, he explained to his son what “the stretch” was.

Your God is oh-so-much more gracious! God continues to come to “foolish people” like you and me, and he keeps on teaching us. He keeps on assuring you and me that Jesus paid for our sins. He keeps on assuring us that he loves us. He keeps on assuring us that he is with us, guiding and directing us. He keeps on giving us wonderful advice about living this life so we keep a focus on eternal life.

Those who are wise listen to advice!

Prayer: 

O heavenly Father, continue to teach me your wisdom. Amen.

“Summer with Solomon” is a special series of Daily Devotions on Thursday and Friday based on readings from the book of Proverbs.

Today's Devotion is brought to you by WELS and www.WhatAboutJesus.com

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» Devotion - July 30, 2014

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Exodus 33:14


The LORD had rescued his people from slavery in Egypt. The people had fashioned a calf-shaped idol out of gold, Egyptian style, and worshiped it. The LORD had punished them. Now what? The road to the Promised Land was forty years long, and they would have to travel through desert wilderness the whole way.

Maybe you, too, have paid a heavy price for something you’ve done. Maybe you still feel the effects. Where do you turn when the burden of your sin weighs heavily upon you? We may think that if we stay busy, we will forget the burden we carry. We may turn to recreation and entertainment to anesthetize our pain. These are only band-aids for wounds that run soul-deep.

Listen to what the LORD says to his Old Testament people in today’s reading. He says, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” The LORD is present with you, just as he was present with them. The LORD has rest for you, just as he had rest for them. God’s Son Jesus knows exactly what your burden of sin feels like. He carried it all the way to the cross, together with the sin of everyone who has ever lived, and that’s where he left it. This is no band-aid. This is the Lord of all lifting a ton of weight off of your soul; this is your Savior dealing with guilt-burdened hearts at the source of all guilt. Jesus became sin for you. In him, you have rest for your soul.

The road through your wilderness may be long, but you aren’t traveling alone. Jesus is here for you in God’s Word every step of the way. He’s here for you with his soul-saving message of forgiveness, of rest. Jesus will also be there for you at the end of the road, to welcome you into the Promised Land.

Prayer: 

Dear Savior, refresh me in the forgiveness you won for me and all people. Give me strength for the journey ahead. Amen.

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» Devotion - July 29, 2014

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7:24-25


The stories of prisoners of war who survived are fascinating. The accounts of the brutal and inhumane treatment by the enemy are horrific. The extreme emotions felt by the prisoners are breath-taking: the terror of being completely controlled by the enemy, the hopelessness of recognizing that escape is impossible, and the desperation of knowing that if not rescued or released soon death is right around the corner.

Fortunately, stories of those prisoners of war don’t end there. They include rescue or release and the emotions that go along with it. The relief, joy, and gratitude that are described by these former prisoners make their stories enjoyable.

The apostle Paul shared his prisoner-of-war story. It’s a story that is fascinating not just because it has a happy ending, but also because it is a story that each believer in Jesus shares.

We are all held prisoner by our sinful flesh. We know that the sins we commit deserve eternal death, and yet we keep sinning. That’s all that our sinful flesh can do. If our story ended there, we would be filled with fear, hopelessness, and eternal despair.

The story does not end there. We have a Savior who rescues us. Jesus frees us from the bonds of sin. Jesus takes the condemnation to hell we deserve and sets us free. “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” 

Our prisoner of war story is certainly a heart-warming one. Our freedom has been guaranteed by Jesus. Praise to our Savior because of the freedom he has won for us…for you!

Prayer: 

What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thank you, Jesus, for being my rescuer, my eternal Savior. Thank you for setting me free from sin and death and giving me an eternal future with you. Give me strength in my daily struggle against my sinful nature that I may live for your glory in everything I do.  In your name I ask it, dear Jesus. Amen.

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» Devotion - July 28, 2014

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30


The people to whom Jesus first spoke these words were very much like you and me. People who were looking. People who were searching. People who were tired.  Jesus was calling all those who were weary from trying to work out their own salvation, from trying to make themselves right with God, from trying to find their own way to heaven. He was inviting all those who were weighed down by the burden of vainly, fruitlessly striving for peace, contentment, and happiness in ways that didn't work and in places where it could not be found.

All these people could come to Jesus. He didn't put up any walls. He didn't play favorites. He didn't cater to people who acted a certain way, or dressed a certain way, or talked a certain way. There was no "in crowd" when it came to Jesus' invitation.

So Jesus' invitation is extended to us. It is extended to all of us, regardless of our age or upbringing, regardless of our background or past. Regardless of who we have been or where we have been, regardless of who we are or where we are, Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

"Learn from me," Jesus says. One thing we learn is that God can't accept us as we are by nature. His holiness and justice won't allow it. Our sins separate us from God. And the wages of sin is death—physical, spiritual and eternal death.

Another thing we learn is that God did everything necessary to make us acceptable to him. Because he is gentle and humble in heart, he gave himself for us, that we might have rest for our souls.

That means an end to the weariness of trying to work out our own salvation, of trying to make ourselves right with God, of trying to find our own way to heaven. It means an end to the burden of vainly, fruitlessly striving for peace, contentment, and happiness in ways that don't work and in places where it cannot be found. It means knowing that you are a redeemed and forgiven child of God and an heir of eternal life. It means looking forward to perfect rest with Jesus in heaven.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, let me find rest in you today, and always. Amen.

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"For it is by grace that we are saved through faith, and not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, so that noone can boast." ~ Ephesians 2:8-9