Today's devotion is filmed in a dark and empty church. (Watch the 3 minute devotion here.)
The Dark, Empty Church of the Old Testament
The dark and empty church symbolizes our entrance into one of the most dark and empty times of God's church as we read about the last part of Samson's life. (Read Judges 15-16 here.) The leader of God's people was a man filled with lust, lust for vengeance and lust for women. But in the midst of that darkness is some light. At the end of his life, Samson prays to the Sovereign LORD, his mighty Savior God, asking for strength. He had not lost his faith.
The Dark, Empty Church of My Own Heart
That prayer for strength is also my prayer as I deal with the darkness in my own heart. As you read 1 Thessalonians 4 (click here), join me in praying for strength to live a holy life dedicated to God. That prayer for strength is also my prayer as I face the emptiness of grief. Sovereign LORD, grant us strength to see that death is only a sleep from which we shall rise victorious when Jesus comes back.
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