Daily Devotion for March 1, 2017
'Called by a Pierced Hand'
Romans 5:20-21 NLT
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.
Today's devotion has been adapted from Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening...
The thunders of the law and the terrors of judgment are all used to bring us to Christ; but the final victory is effected by “unfailing love.” The prodigal set out to his father's house from a sense of need; but his father saw him a great way off, and ran to meet him; so that the last steps he took towards his father's house were with the kiss still warm upon his cheek, and the welcome still musical in his ears.
“Laws and terrors do but harden
All the while they work alone;
But a sense of blood-brought pardon
Will dissolve a heart of stone.”
The Master came one night to the door, and knocked with the iron hand of the law; the door shook and trembled upon its hinges; the man piled every piece of furniture which he could find against the door, for he said, “I will not admit the man.” The Master turned away...
But by-and-bye He came back, and with His own soft hand, using most that part where the nail had penetrated, He knocked again—oh, so softly and tenderly. This time the door did not shake, but, strange to say, it opened, and there upon his knees the once unwilling host was found rejoicing to receive his guest. “Come in, come in; You have so knocked that am moved! I could not think of Your pierced hand leaving its blood-mark on my door, and of Your going away homeless, Your head filled with dew, and Your locks with the drops of the night. I yield, I yield! Your “unfailing love” has won my heart!”
Lord Jesus, we praise You because in every case, “unfailing love” wins the day. What Moses with the tablets of stone could never do, You do with Your pierced hand. Such is the doctrine of effectual calling. Help us understand that, Lord, and continue to draw us with Your hand—the hand pierced on account of Your “unfailing love!”
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