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<< Daily New Life with Steve Arterburn

New Life daily devotion - May. 12, 2011

  • 2018 May 12

The Ultimate Deal
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
1 Chronicles 29:11

There’s an old story of a certain young boy who wrote a letter to God about the Christmas presents he wanted: “I’ve been good for six months now,” wrote the lad. Then, after some reflection, he erased six months and scribbled in a more modest three months. After some more reflection he erased that too, and replaced it with two weeks. After yet another pause, he erased that too.

The boy then rose from the table, went over to the nativity scene on the mantle, grabbed the figure of Mary, and returned triumphantly to his writing. This happy change of events required an entirely new draft of the letter. It began: “Dear God, if you ever want to see your mother again . . .”

Many things change between childhood and maturity. But often not our misguided attempts to cut deals with God. God has given us the ultimate deal . . . accept his gracious gift of salvation provided through His son, Jesus, and live eternally with Him. There’s really no dealing beyond that, or better than that.

“I gave in and admitted that God was God.” - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)


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