1 Samuel 16:1-13a; Ephesians 3:14-21; Matthew 8:18-27
At first, following God seems simple and joyous. Then a challenge comes along. For Samuel, his ordered world was turned upside down by a defiant king. Samuel expected that following God amounted to following King Saul. We think following God amounts to simply going to church or reading our Bibles or saying our prayers. The point always comes though, when we must obey God and follow him in faith instead of just doing things that feel like following.
So, Paul prays we would be granted something not within our ability—that from the riches of God’s glory we would be strengthened through his Spirit within us. What this distills down to is that we are filled with the very fulness of God as Christ dwells in our hearts. How does this happen except by faith? You cannot muster such power to follow.
When he called you to follow him, he had your best interests in mind. He still does, even when it does not seem easy. But there is a power at work within you, able to do more than you can do on your own. May you comprehend the vastness of God’s love and so, be strengthened to keep following.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me strength to follow you even when it seems difficult. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.