Week of September 16, 2018
Devotional Focus: Completion
Monday – Completion for God’s Will
“And Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.’ Saying this, he breathed his last.”
– Luke 23:46 (CSB)
Psalm 31:1–5 (CSB)
1 Lord, I seek refuge in you; let me never be disgraced. Save me by your righteousness.
2 Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a mountain fortress to save me.
3 For you are my rock and my fortress; you lead and guide me for your name’s sake.
4 You will free me from the net that is secretly set for me, for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I entrust my spirit; you have redeemed me, Lord, God of truth.
Does this passage sound familiar? It should. In Jesus’ last saying He quotes/fulfills this scripture, which was written around 1060BC. Nearly 1,100 years before He would be nailed to the tree. The cross was not a surprise to God.
In fact, every statement of Jesus that is recorded in the Bible has immense meaning – most of which we cannot even fathom (which is why He often spoke in parables). How much more, though, His statements from the cross. This is our final week of daily devotions. Throughout this week, we will look specifically at His final statement. As you continue in your devotions, I hope that it has been, or will become, evident that everything in your life has purpose and meaning, just as Jesus’ did. In fact, He said that we (believers) are a light to this dark world (Matthew 5:14; Ephesians 5:8). Paul further explained that God has a purpose for all things the believer might face and/or endure (Romans 8:28), whether good or bad in this world. Just as what seemed to be a horrific defeat on the cross, was made to be an eternal victory for all mankind!
In today’s prayer time, do an inventory of everything that has happened in your life, and everything you are facing today – whether good or bad, happy or sad, understandable or obscure. Is it possible that you can see how God can use it for good or glory? Remember, this does not mean that God caused something bad to happen – it may even be the result of personal choice(s). What it does mean; however, is that God can still work in and through it. He’s likely not done yet.
I’m sure the soldiers and religious leaders thought, as Jesus spoke His last, they had won – He was defeated. And friend; He was just getting started!
If you missed Week 7’s devotional video, click here.
For a printable version of this week’s devotionals, click here. Seven – Week 7 – David