DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”
Week Ten, Day Four
“He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.” Psalm 40:2 (HCSB)
When Jesus Christ suffered betrayal and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, the ultimate rescue plan for all mankind was pushed further forward. When Jesus Christ died upon the brutal killing instrument of the Roman world, the cross, reserved only for the worst criminals, rocks split and the earth shook. Although those watching from a first hand account could not fully comprehend what was unfolding before their eyes, as the “King of the Jews” had been crucified—the beauty was yet to be revealed three days later with His empty tomb. Psalm 40:2 reminds us that Jesus Christ brought Himself out of this world as He had fully accomplished the redemption of mankind through His own death and resurrection (John 10:17-18). At that time, Jesus was given the name above every living creature above the earth, on the earth and below it. All authority in heaven and on earth was given to Him as the rightful and forever King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matthew 28:16-20).
Prayer For Today:
Lord Jesus, You are good. You are eternal. You are victorious over death. For Your love of all mankind, You stepped down from heaven in order to redeem the filth, failings and screw ups that each soul to walk this planet—even while we were each still living in our rebellion against You. Thank You for loving not only mankind, but also me as an individual. Please help me to recall Your love amidst this trying season. Allow me to put off these mortal perspectives of circumstances, and truly embrace Your eternal perspective which works all things together for good for all who love You and are called according to Your purpose (Romans 8:28).