Marie’s daily verse:1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

DEVOTION, Nov. 20

My only sibling, Robert, died in 2016. His daughter recently sent me some papers my brother had written while attending a Bible College in Florida in 1991. Bob was a chemical engineer who didn’t talk much about his faith. I want to share with you some of his thoughts for our devotionals. I begin with my brother’s thoughts about Jesus. (I have done some minor editing but not changed the content).

I am the alpha, and the omega says the Lord God, who is, and who was. And who is to come, the Almighty (Rev. 1:8).

The apostle John heard these words while in exile on Patmos island for preaching the word of God. These were the first words he heard from Jesus. He received a vision concerning events which were, which are, and which are to come. This revelation assures us that in spite of the evil prevelant in this world, Christ is in control and ultimate victory is His. The only way Jesus could reveal events which were, which are, and which are to come would be that He Himself was, is, and is to come! Jesus, the eternal One, is God. He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the mighty creator, the loving redeemer, the Almighty, and the final victor. Who is Jesus? He is God incarnate.

I believe that Jesus is not only the eternal creative word, but He also gives us wisdom for today. The apostle Paul tells us Jesus “became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30b, NKJV). As we seek Him, we will find both eternal life and the wisdom for victorious living today!

Gracious God, I thank You for reminding me that you will finally triumph no matter how prevalent evil is. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me for eternity and giving me wisdom for each day. May Your name be praised forever, Amen.

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