Weekly Devotion
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Faith,
  I recently heard of a person who reads the last chapter in the book first when she starts a new thriller. She says that doing it that way takes the anxiety out of reading. There ought not to be any anxiety for us Christians because we already know how everything ends for us. God has told us, “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” After our years on earth comes heaven where we shall be with our Lord forever in total happiness. For all of us this we thank Christ who atoned for our sins.
   Knowing that the last chapter in our lives shows that we are victorious makes a huge difference in our attitudes as each page and chapter in our lives are turned.  We can truly be optimistic and positive. We don’t have to ‘put on’ a happy face for we can be happy.  As we and fellow believers face sad things in life such as sickness and death, job loss and heartaches, we know that these things are only for a little while. Then comes an eternity with our Lord.  Those Christians who are facing persecution in many parts of this world have heaven ahead.
  Peter wrote words of encouragement, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10-11) Paul said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Romans 8:18
  How many chapters are left in the book of life God has given us we don’t know. Whether they are full of hardships or ease, we don’t know.  But we do know the last chapter.
Pastor Dan Pautz

Emmanuel Ev. Lutheran Church • 715 W Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282 • (480) 967-3983