Once while fishing in Alaska, I was captivated by the annual salmon run. I watched intently as salmon, one after another, struggled to swim against the currents. Navigating violent rapids and falls, the salmon pushed ahead. They finally reached their destination, fulfilled their purpose, and died. No doubt, swimming with the current would be easier, but to what end?
People also follow a path led by determination. Human instinct drives us in a direction towards the goal of self-fulfillment. As Paul states, the powers in the air are at work leading people through the courses of the world. They act as swift currents pushing humanity away from the purposes God intends. We make excuses; “It is how everyone does it.” “If it is meant to be it will be.” “God made me this way.” Such attitudes cause us to give in and swim with the flow away from faithfulness.
Paul reminds us that, even as we are no match for the powers in the air, by God’s grace we are saved. Faithful obedience led Christ to the cross. He fulfilled God’s purpose to save his people. Through faith, God enables us to swim against the currents, reach our destination, and live.
Prayer: Holy and mighty God, we thank you for your grace, which comes through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.