April 6, 2014

john8-52

Exodus 3:16-4:12; Romans 12:1-21; John 8:46-59

The Hebrews had spent hundreds of years in slavery in Egypt when God said to them, “I am concerned about you.” (Exod 3:16, NAS) It may also be translated, I have numbered you. We may think God has forgotten about us, but he has not only counted us all, he knows the number of the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7) and will see us through.

When all is not going as planned, we should remember the first commandment: “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” This encourages us to keep his word to the end and to act like the One by whose name we are called.

The attributes of a Christian do not evidence themselves only when things are going smoothly. Indeed, they are most evident when one is put under the cruel taskmasters of life, sin, and death. We love when unloved, hope when all hope seems lost, and are constant in prayer and service because we know God is with us despite the circumstances.

Prayer: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, help me to live, knowing that you are both my companion and my destination. Amen.

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

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