October 31 - God's Message Has Not Changed

By Barbara Lighthizer

Today's Scripture: Hebrews 2:1-18

Central Thought: God has provided for us a great salvation if we serve him

    Living in a period of grace makes it hard for us to consider the great need for salvation. We know that God is love, God is good, and God is merciful. However, God is also just. He is not willing for the wicked to escape the punishment they deserve. The writer of Hebrews refers to the punishment that their ancestors received for not following the message given by God through the angels. This message was that they should serve only the true God.

    In this period of grace, can we ignore God's plan to save us from our sins? We have received God's message from one who is greater than the angels who delivered the message to Israel's ancestors. If we ignore this message, do we expect to suffer less than Israel did in the days of the Old Testament simply because we live in a period of grace?

    Grace can only be given to those who have heard God's message and worship only the one true God. Even Jesus Christ was tempted to worship Satan in return for the power to rule many nations. Jesus' decision to worship only God enabled him to sit at the right hand of the Father. Our salvation is just the beginning of our reward for worshipping only God, and our punishment is just beginning if we ignore God's message as the ancestors of Israel did.

Devotional Prayer: Dear God, may I never take Your grace for granted.

Today's Bible Reading: Lamentations 4:1-5:22; Hebrews 2:1-18; Psalm 103:22; Proverbs 26:23