• Hyper-documentation

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    New Word / Old Word series 2013–2014

    April 28, 2014


    New Word: hyper-documentation


    Old Word: “Then I heard a voice from heaven shout, ‘Our God has shown his saving power, and his kingdom has come! God’s own Chosen One has shown his authority. Satan accused our people in the presence of God day and night. Now he has been thrown out!’ ” (Rev. 12:10 CEV).

    Fast food isn’t the only object of super sizing.

    Consider sin, for example.

    You say you don’t want to? Can’t blame you for that. Then again, I can!

    Hyper-documentation is the new word for the unremitting recording of the comprehensive details of one’s life—the good, the bad, and the ugly. In context of today’s devotion, you’ll have to settle for the bad and the ugly.

    In honesty, a recording of your sins provides an ample example of hyper-documentation. The more honest you are, the more hyper the list becomes. And if you don’t like yourself, your hyper is hyper hyper!

    If you don’t think your list could be hyper, ask someone who knows you well. If you want to know more, ask someone who doesn’t like you. Hyper-documentation on your behalf!

    Then there is someone who REALLY DOESN’T LIKE YOU—someone who doesn’t like you more than anyone else doesn’t like you: Satan!
    In Satan’s quest to subvert you to his BFF, he has an exhaustive list of why you should spend eternity with him rather than with Jesus.  It fills a book much larger than Revelation’s Book of Life (Rev. 3:5 et alibi)! And there’s rational reason for it, i.e., your pile of sins!

    But you are a forgiven sinner! And a forgotten one.

    Your name in the Book of Life stands without annotation. If Satan were to stand beside you on Judgment Day, with his volumes of your hyper-documented sin, God would not see a thing, because you’ve been made righteous through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. God might even dismiss Satan with something like, “Tell me something else I didn’t know! I’ve already forgotten the sins. My Son’s work left me with a really bad memory.” Except for your own list, Mr. Satan…

    Now that’s something that will make Satan super hyper!


    Written by Ed Grube

    © 2014 Lutheran Education Association, River Forest, IL


    Scriptures marked as “(CEV)” are taken from the Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society. Used by permission.



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