Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56
There is a greater purpose, a divine design, that kindles obedience. Joseph, sold into slavery, became an obedient servant of Pharaoh and a faithful steward to the people of both Egypt and Israel, and thereby, accomplished the plan of God. All this he did, though there must have been some grumbling from the hungry people. Paul, in a church well-known for its complaining behavior, stayed true to the mission of the gospel, not being side-tracked by pettiness or sin. The disciples, blown off course by a sea storm, were literally confronted with God in the storm.
All the events of life might be viewed as a sort of theophany. Instead of grumbling that, “Life is not fair,” we might instead ask, “Where is God in this storm?” We are expected to see God, or at least his greater purpose in every aspect of life—the good and the bad, life and death. At each step, we are called to duty, to an obedience to the Gospel. We then become part of the divine design, stewards of the glory of God.
Prayer: Lord God, help me see you in the events of this day, and be a willing servant in your kingdom. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.