From the Pastor's Pen

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I recently received an interesting daily devotion from Lutheran Hour Ministries.
It’s about trust. Let me cite the Bible text –  excerpts from Mark 12:42-44.

“And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 
And He (Jesus) called His disciples to Him and said to them ‘she out of her poverty
has put in everything she had, all she had to live on’” 

Do you ever wonder what happened to the widow?  Some would say Jesus made sure she had everything she wanted and that she lived happily ever after. It would only make sense that she did, right? 

How many times in the Bible do we hear of Jesus healing someone because of their faith?
Or how many times in the Bible do we read about God blessing those faithful to Him?  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, they were all very wealthy men. Surely if the widow had enough faith to give all she had to the church, Jesus would take care of her. 

That is a dangerous thought – Jesus takes care of us because of our faith.  Depends what you mean.  If you mean that a Christian will have a charmed life, that may not happen.  How many devout Christians suffer one tragedy after another? They have faith enough that Jesus should spare them any suffering.  Certainly, they have enough faith that Jesus should give them material blessing after material blessing.

The widow had faith enough, but that’s no guarantee. So, we really don’t know what happened to her.  But as Pastor Ken Klaus (the writer of the devotion) puts it –

“I know that between the day when she put her mites into the temple’s collection box and the day she breathed her last (if she continued to trust her Lord) I know the Lord never let her down.”  I believe that as well.

No matter the widow’s circumstances the Lord Jesus was with her. If she was sad, Jesus was there to cheer her. If her friends turned against her because of her faith, Jesus was there for the widow.  Then when she breathed her last, God took her into His arms to show her all the splendors of heaven.  He prepared a place for her at the marriage feast of the Lamb and His Bride.

She didn’t remember any of her past hardships. She only remembered Jesus’ promise to always be with her, even to the end of time.  Her faith was rewarded; she trusted.   Amen.

In Christ,
Pastor Hilton