April 29, 2014

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Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-25; John 14:18-31

It has only been a few days since our Easter celebration and when I read today’s passage from Exodus, I could not help but recall another hymn of victory we sang on Easter morning; “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done.” Like the Israelites who struggled under the burdens of life, who stood on the other side of the Red Sea singing praises to God for their delivery, we too spent six weeks in a season of repentance, identifying and confessing our sins. We struggled to recognize our sinfulness as human beings, and counted our sins against God and against other people. Then like the Israelites who were saved through the waters of the Red Sea, we too recall our baptism, which reminds us that we have new life in Christ. But like the Israelites of old, we quickly forget and allow the things in life to take our focus off everything that God has done and is doing for us. Our challenge, not just in the season of Easter but every day, is to keep our eyes on God, and remember that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the strife is over and the battle is indeed done!

Prayer: Father God, help me live victoriously through your Son. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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