Friday – March 29, 2024

Joshua 9-13; Luke 16

by Kelli Simpkins

“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:31

Some people just have to learn things the hard way. Whether it’s my brother who touched the stove even after he was told it was hot, or me trusting a friend with a secret even though my mom told me to be careful who I confide in. The physical and emotional scars that could have been avoided by listening to wise counsel serve as a reminder for those of us who just have to figure things out on our own.

Unfortunately for the rich man in Luke 16:19-31, he figured things out too late. When he learned that his earthly riches did not guarantee him the comfort of Heaven that Lazarus was receiving, he begged for mercy. When he realized it was too late, he asked that his brothers be warned, believing that hearing from a risen Lazarus would be just the kick in the pants his brothers would need.

If the last 2,000 years have taught us anything, it’s that there are still people who will willfully ignore the wise counsel of someone who has risen from the dead.

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate our risen Savior this Resurrection Sunday, let’s also be in prayer for the ones we know who are consciously lost. Those who have heard the good news and repeatedly turn away from it. There is still hope for redemption as long as they’re living.


  1. Jean says:

    Special prayers this Sunday for those who are lost and still are not sure if the Lord is real🙏🏼🙏🏼