February 19, 2014


Genesis 31:25-50; 1 John 2:12-17; John 10:1-18

The wrath of a father—or uncle, in this case—is a fearsome thing indeed. The threat of, “Just wait until your father gets home,” comes to mind. Even when we try hard to do good, we might worry, for even our friends can get us into trouble. In Jacob’s case, it was one of his wives; Rachel had stolen her father’s valuable household gods. Though her husband’s blessing from God was great, like a prodigal daughter, she insisted on an inheritance that she desired immediately. Both daughters listened to the wrong voice, justifying Rachel’s theft by reasoning that they deserved an inheritance, and choosing something of lowest value: idols of false gods.

We need not worry for what might be ours, for “in him we have obtained an inheritance,” of whom the Holy Spirit “is the guarantee.” (Eph 1:11-13) It is enough to live by the word of the Lord, listening for the good shepherd’s voice and trusting in his care. We already have life in him, “and have it abundantly.” We choose our own desires at the peril of robbing ourselves of our heavenly Father’s blessing.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me live in the contented peace that is given in your Son. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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