May 3, 2014


Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19

“I see trees of green, red roses, too, I see them bloom, for me and you…” is a deep soulful voice that fills the air when Louis Armstrong sings, “What a wonderful world!” For a moment I get swept up in the rhythm and the words until the reality of life in this “world” sets in. With wars and famine, terminal illnesses and natural disasters, with death and starvation, torture and plain violence lurking in every crevice of this world, what is so wonderful about it?

It seems the Israelites had echoed a similar thought in Exodus 17:1-16, grumbling as they faced dehydration. “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us…with thirst?” All these poor people see is their suffering. They have forgotten how God has provided for them. They turned their eyes on themselves! 1 Peter 4:7-19 encourages us to turn our eyes to Jesus when the horrors of this world prevent us from singing “What a wonderful world!”

Prayer: Almighty God help us to turn our eyes to Jesus; let us look into his wonderful face, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of your glory and grace. Amen.

 Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt,
Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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