November 20 - Nothing But the Blood of God

By Joanna Zeiner

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 28:5

Central Thought: When there is no other way, the blood of Christ will make a way.

    Early-morning Kigali wrapped its dew-soaked arms around me as I strolled through a cloistered garden where scraggly rose bushes vied for space with cabbages, beans, and spinach. The sounds of worship wafting from high cathedral windows almost, but not quite, tamed the rumble and blare of the street just outside the walls. The choir's melody challenged the discord within me and almost, but not quite, soothed my agitated spirit.

    Just ten short years ago this very garden ran with the blood of Rwandans killed in the 1994 genocide, killed simply because they were of the wrong tribe. After two years of listening to stories and helping people come to grips with their pain, I myself still struggled to understand. In a country that claimed to be 90% Christian, how could men and women betray their own neighbors and family to death?

    'God, so much pain demands justice,' I silently cried. 'But what is big enough to answer so much blood? What justice is enough to counter such evil?' In the stillness of that Kigali garden God answered, 'Yes, there must be justice against such indiscriminate evil. Yet nothing is powerful enough to pay an adequate price, nothing that is, except the blood of God Himself.'

Devotional Prayer: My Father, I thank You for Your all-encompassing grace. Help me to draw near to You and to understand better the price You paid on the cross that I might be redeemed, healed, and made whole.

Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 40:28-41:26; James 4:1-17; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 28:3-5