May 7, 2014

exodus19-17

Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17

Recently, my daughter reported that thunder clapped so loudly in the middle of the night that it woke her family up, as well as everyone else in the county. Social media was soon reporting on the noise, and it did seem that perhaps everyone in the county was awake.

In our first Reading, the thunder was so terrifying that the all the people trembled. What better occasion, Moses thought, to get everyone out of their homes to meet God. Indeed, is there a better way to combat the fear of nature than to meet the One by whom all things were created?

What if the noises of the night awakened us and, instead of fighting to get back to sleep, we got up to meet with God? We would discover the “It is written” and that we have no need for fear of anything but God. We would be comforted to discover that for those who continue in faith (Col 1:23), there is peace, even when things go bump in the night.

Prayer: Almighty God, majestic and holy, help me rest in the perfect peace who is Jesus, my Lord. Amen.

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

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