Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10; Galatians 4:21-31; Matthew 15:29-39
Whose child are you? At first glance, one might choose to be Sarah’s child instead of Hagar’s. For to be a child of Sarah means being under law instead of slavery. Indeed, many desire to be under the law. Yet to be Sarah’s child means more than freedom from slavery; it represents promise. The children of Sarah and Abraham are meant to be children of faith in that promise. As such, all those who have faith in Christ are children of promise. (Gal 3:25-26, 29) They are even promised freedom from slavery to the law.
They are freed to keep the law, yet no longer bound by the law or its penalties. Their mother is the heavenly Jerusalem—not the present Jerusalem any more than Mount Sinai. The vanities of wickedness and righteousness have no place in her home.
Her children are in the hands of God, and through the righteousness of Christ, joy has overtaken them. He takes their lame, stumbling steps, and directs them to heaven. He opens their blind eyes so that the Father himself is revealed. He feeds the children of heaven even when they forget their lunch because they remembered him instead.
Prayer: God of fulfilled promise, may we ever rejoice in you instead of our religious practices and good works. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.