July 19, 2014


Numbers 13:31-14:25; Romans 3:9-20; Matthew 19:1-12

Though Caleb quietly proclaimed to Israel that they were able to take the land God had promised them, the people wailed in fear. It was the wrong sort of fear. Their fear caused them to desire a different leader. Again, they wanted the wrong kind of leader.

The true leader of God’s people is one who preaches the fear of God—not of circumstances. Moses and Aaron relied on the promise of God and insisted that the people fear the one who is able to destroy not just the body but the soul. (Matt 10:28) Fear of God is the basis for all good response. It is so with us today, though we face a different variety of giant in our land.

Sin is the giant that confronts us. Running from it or choosing a leader who would not have us face our giants is the wrong approach. Instead, we must fear God and confess our sin. Then, just as God eventually would at Jericho, the Lord will fight our giants for us. He has done so in his death and resurrection.

Let us confess our sins and be faithful with all God has given us.

Prayer: Lord, give us courage to face our sins with you and know the peace of Christ. Amen.

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

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