Psalm of the Day: Psalm 29
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 18:13-24
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:15-20
We learn, lastly, from these verses that the reward of God's servants is often not in this world. Luke closes his account of John the Baptist's ministry, by telling us of his imprisonment by Herod. The end of that imprisonment, we know from other parts of the New Testament. It led at last to John being cruelly beheaded.
All true servants of Christ must be content to wait for their wages. Their best things are yet to come. They must count it no strange thing, if they meet with harsh treatment from man. The world which persecuted Christ — will never hesitate to persecute Christians. "Do not be surprised if the world hates you" (1 John 3:13).
But let us take comfort in the thought that the great Master has laid up in Heaven for His people — such things as surpass man's understanding. The blood that His saints have shed in His name will all be reckoned for one day. The tears that often flow so freely in consequence of the unkindness of the wicked will one day be wiped from all faces. And when John the Baptist, and all who have suffered for the truth are at last gathered together they will find it true, that Heaven makes amends for all!
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to be content that you have promised to wipe my tears away.
Action Plan: How do I need to practice patience and trust in God's perfect promises?
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.