April 15, 2014

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Lamentations 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33

Authority is questioned at every turn in our world today. It was not much different in Jesus’ day. When authority is questioned or doubted, then the actions of those in authority can lose their effect. Without authority being recognized, obedience will not follow. When there is no obedience, there is very little that can be done. Jesus used his authority as the Son of God to remind the religious leaders that they had abused their authority. The temple court had become a circus of vendors, money changers, and other unscrupulous characters. God’s house had little resemblance to a worshipful place of peace and redemption. When we question God’s authority and his sovereignty over us, we can turn our life into a circus of sorts. We can allow the world’s values and expectations to override our obedience to God’s word. Wrong choices can ensue. Then when we have hit the proverbial “bottom,” we often ask God to bail us out of the very problem we caused. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great Lutheran martyr of World War II, said: “The obedient are faithful and the faithful are obedient.”

Prayer: Father God, help me to be your obedient child, always. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.

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