Daily Devotion on Ephesians 1:16-23

Text: Ephesians 1:16-23

It is easy to get overwhelmed in this world. Exhaustion sets in when we realize that there is more that needs to be done when time  is running short. Exasperation sets in when people and projects continue to add to our already long list of things to do. Downright depression sets in when we realize that no matter how hard we try to make things go our way they have a tendency to go the wrong way. The things we once found joy in become tedious. The people we always depended on let us down all the time. Life isn’t always bad but there certainly are more than enough hardships to make even a slightly optimistic person feel besieged.

In this overwhelming world it is easy to forget what Paul wrote in Ephesians 1. That is why my prayer is the same as Paul’s, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which [God] has called you.” Sections like Ephesians 1 make me feel sorry for the unchristian world. They have to face the hardships of this life with almost no hope, and even the things they do put their hope in will let them down sooner or later. But not us Christians, for us there is a power at work, a power that can give us hope no matter how bad things get. Even though this world may seem like it is spinning out of control, even though our lives will continue to be inundated with stresses and adversity we know that Jesus is ruling everything for our eternal good.

This power that protects us is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. And if it had the power to raise Christ from death we know it has the power to raise us from the dead. What awaits us when we awaken? “The riches of his glorious inheritance.” I don’t know exactly what heaven will be like but I do know it will be better than this overwhelming, exhausting, exasperating, and depressing world! Cling to your God. Continue to learn of his love. In his love you can have hope!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive us when we fail to remember your great love for us. Forgive us when we let the struggles of this world negate the hope we should have in Christ. Send your Spirit into our hearts to strengthen our faith and understanding of your plan to get us to heaven. Give us faith that trusts your eternal power. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on May 18, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks Vicar Jake!!! Amazing devotion!

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