Today's Devotional - May 22
Armstrong or Strong Arm
You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.
Psalm 89:13 (NASB)
When cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to doping and lying, USA Today ran an article on how he could get back into good graces, saying: "He just has to repent -- or appear to," in four stages: Confession ("I did it"); Contrition ("I'm sorry I did it"); Conversion ("I will not do it again"); and Atonement ("I will do this because I did that"). 1
Those terms have a biblical ring to them; but when celebrities go on television with their scandals it often seems more like damage control and media manipulation than genuine repentance.
How refreshing in an age of flawed heroes to turn to the most honest person in history. Everything Jesus said is true, spoken earnestly for our good. His words about the future are as truthful as His other teachings. Jesus predicted all that is to come from now until His return, and both His promises and His person are perfectly reliable.
In days like these, we can lean on His strong arm.
Every other refuge in which you may seek safety and rest will, sooner or later, turn out to be a refuge of lies; but the refuge to be found in Jesus will never disappoint your hopes: it will abide forever.
Anonymous quote in a nineteenth-century tract
1 Rick Hampson "Can You Forgive Lance Armstrong?", USA Today January 18, 2013, 1A.