Psalm of the Day: Psalm 84:1-12
Wisdom for the Day: Job 9:1-10
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:11-17
Let us seein this mighty miracle a lively emblem of Christ's power to quicken the dead in sins. In Him is life. He quickens whom He will (John 5:21). He can raise to a new life souls that now are dead in worldliness and sin. He can say to hearts that now are corrupt and lifeless, "Arise to repentance, and live in the service of God!" Let us never despair of any soul. Let us pray for our children, and and never lose heart. Our young men and our young women may be long traveling on the way to ruin. But let us pray on.
With Christ, nothing is impossible. Let us leave the passage with a solemn recollection of those things which are yet to happen at the last day. We read that "Fear seized them all!" at Nain, when the young man was raised. What then shall be the feelings of mankind when all the dead are raised at once?
The unconverted man may well fear that day! He is not prepared to meet God. But the true Christian has nothing to fear. He may lay himself down and sleep peacefully in his grave. In Christ He is complete and safe, and when he rises again he shall see God's face in peace!
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to live by your power and be prepared to meet you.
Action Plan: Romans 14:10-12 and 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 discuss the judgement seat of Christ. How do these verses help Christians prepare to meet God? Revelation 20:11-15 describes the Great White Throne Judgement. Only unbelievers will be at this judgment before God with no chance of repentance. It will be too late for that. We must be saved now!
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.