Genesis 45:16-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 6:13-29
The mission of God in the world is curious. Why would God have meant Joseph’s mistreatment by his brothers to be for his brothers’ good? Why would he permit the baptizer’s beheading? One may as well go ahead and ask, why would God choose to save the world through the death of his own Son? These matters are perplexing, and even stumbling blocks for many. His mission is often offensive to the world’s sensibilities. The work of God causes conjecture and rebuttal today, as it did in Herod’s and John’s time.
It is no less troubling for “the household of God.” (1Pet 4:17) Sometimes the goodness of God comes through the badness in the world. We suffer, “but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom 5:3-5) We do not like it; we would have made a different plan. Yet, here we are, left with the best possible solution: trusting God with it all, even trusting him with our own lives.
Prayer: Lord, help me accept your will for my life. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.