Readings: Jeremiah 15:15-21, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28
The Truth of the Word
Brenda was putting the worship bulletins together and commented, “All of our Scripture readings this week begin or end with verse 21.” Interesting. Strung together, these 21st verses spoke to my heart: I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. I’ve been asking the Lord to intervene in our nephew’s family, where the devil’s evil hand has been so destructive for so long. The truth of the Word brings peace to my troubled heart…The Lord will save them and redeem them; evil will be overcome with good; Jesus already won the war against the devil through His precious death and resurrection. I will keep praying with fervor, knowing He always listens, and even when it seems the torment has gone on way too long, I’ll remember with fresh balm on an impatient heart that Jesus will win. Maybe you are praying for someone in a terrible situation, too. We can pray together for them like Jeremiah prayed for himself in Chapter 15, “You understand, O Lord; remember me and care for me…” and He will remember and say, “I am with you to rescue and save you. I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel.” May it be so, Mighty Lord. All power and praise is Yours. Amen.