June 2, 2014

joshua1-9

Joshua 1:1-9; Ephesians 3:1-13; Matthew 8:5-17

Things are always changing. Most folks try to keep that from happening. Nevertheless, change is always on the horizon. Change makes people uncomfortable and even scares them. The possibility that they may have to work harder or think more deeply troubles them. They have erected a little kingdom around themselves where they do not have to rely upon anyone. The status quo is the aim of each day.

Then someone dies. A job is lost. A marriage goes on the rocks. These are the times that define us. How we respond to change not only shows our fiber, it shapes who we are about to become.

Moses had led the Hebrews for nearly a century when he died. The people faced change they had not encountered for a long time. God’s counsel in that time of uncertainty was to be courageous. The apostle urges us not to lose heart and to have bold faith. This is the sort of faith the centurion had when what could have been crippling change came to his home.

So, do not be dismayed even in the midst of change. The Lord is with you always. Rely upon him, Be strong and courageous.

Prayer: Lord, give me enough strength to move courageously forward with you today. Amen.

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

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3 Responses to June 2, 2014

  1. Mary Millard says:

    This is a wonderful thought on how our Lord can stand by you in change. Part of my job in the business world is guiding people through change the company makes. I pray before each time it happens and hope they know this is simple if they open their hearts and shun fear. This would help in all aspects of life knowing God has us in his hands.

  2. Ronald Selleck says:

    I had a professor at the university of Chicago who said that if Luther were an animal in debate it would be a rhino — not able to see very far ahead but ramming with vigor. Calvin would be a cobra — one good bite and you’re done. The photo reminded me.

    Not being able to see very far ahead can be a good thing. Having a good coat of armor helps too.

  3. Mark Ryman says:

    Or just plain ol’ thick-skinned.

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