Acts 9:26-28 (CEB)

26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn’t believe he was really a disciple. 27 Then Barnabas brought Saul to the apostles and told them the story about how Saul saw the Lord on the way and that the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them about the confidence with which Saul had preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 28 After this, Saul moved freely among the disciples in Jerusalem and was speaking with confidence in the name of the Lord.   

Luke 18:27 (CEB)

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible for humans is possible for God.”   

DEVOTION – Terry W. Gabrielson (California)

Since my retirement six years ago, I have volunteered to help in the kitchen of a local rescue mission two days a week.  Several months ago a new resident admitted into the mission’s rehabilitation program was assigned to the kitchen for his work duty.  He was loud, confrontational, and unpleasant to work with.

After his work assignment was changed to another area of the  facility, I had no contact with him for several weeks – until one day recently.  While I was helping to set up for the morning meal, he walked up and asked how I was doing.  I rather warily gave the pat answer:  “Fine”.  He then said he wanted to pray with me.  He lead me over to a quiet corner of the dining room, held my hands, and prayed the most gentle, humble, heartfelt prayer I have ever heard.  It was immediately obvious to me that the Holy Spirit was deeply at work in his life.  I was stunned, and moved to tears.  He gave me a quick hug and left.

When I first met this man, I had felt there was little chance he could turn his life around.  But I had viewed him from an earthly perspective, not from the perspective of what God might be ready to do in his life.  I realized anew that no addiction, no pain, no regret is too overwhelming for the redeeming love of God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: No problem is beyond the redeeming love of God.

PRAYER: All-powerful God, you are an awesome God for whom nothing is impossible.  In the midst of dealing with life’s problems, may we always keep your eternal perspective in focus.  Amen.