Daily Devotional–Monday, August 9, 2021
“Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16, NLT)
The Good News about Jesus’ work on the cross makes no sense to people who reject Him. By declining to believe God, we literally walk around with our eyes covered—as though our faces were covered with a veil. As long as we hold out, refusing to believe what God tells us through His Word, we cannot see clearly; we can never know the truth.
The truth is available to anyone and the Bible tells us exactly what we need to know: all of us are lost without God in our lives because of the sin that has infected our entire planet; God wants to spend eternity with us, but can’t, until we have undergone a needed transformation—we must have the sin in our lives purged; heaven is a place of perfection and only those who are perfect can enjoy its beauty with our perfect God; acknowledging our need of Jesus is the first step to entering into a relationship with Him; by dying on the cross for us, He took the penalty and anyone who chooses to obey Him has that payment applied to their own account; those who give their lives over to God will obey His commandments—to love Him with everything they’ve got and to love others as well.
As members of the human race, we want truth—Jesus is the truth.
We want peace—He is the source of true and eternal peace.
We want guidance—He has promised to lead any who are willing to follow.
We want to know there is a purpose for living—true purpose for our lives in found in obeying God.
We want to be loved—we are, but will never know how much until we give our lives over to Jesus’ Lordship.
To someone who doesn’t know Jesus—as much as they may crave truth, peace, guidance, purpose and love—this all sounds like a load of nonsense. As imperfect people, we need the help of the perfect God to help us understand. But the reality is that nothing else in life can provide these things we desire.
It is imperative that those of us who recognize the truth contained in the Bible be encouraging those who cannot understand. We need to tell others about the truth we know. Our lives should serve as the proof of the reality of the Bible. How we live our lives can encourage another to take a chance on God…so that they too can know and understand Him. No one need to walk around blind, but they will continue to do so unless someone tells them about what they cannot see!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!