January 25, 2015

Isaiah 47_3

Isaiah 47:1-15, Hebrews 10:19-31, John 5:2-18

In a world of twerking and wardrobe failures, where nakedness is no longer a source of embarrassment or shame, we hear these words of the prophet Isaiah warning Babylon that her pretension to power would not last forever. Isaiah goes on to describe Babylon as a lover of pleasures. How well does this description fit us today, in a nation whose motto seems to be, if it feels good, do it?

While I do not believe we should give in to despair, I do wonder what has happened to dignity, good boundaries and healthy shame in our society. With the rise of violence and terrorism throughout the world, what does it say about us that we find amusement in a presidential interview by a woman who eats cereal out of a bathtub filled with milk in which she is rolling around?

There is a time to laugh and a time to weep, and the time to weep may come upon us sooner than we think. Our hope lies in the one who dared to heal a paralytic on the Sabbath, who heals us and calls us to him through his sacrifice, death and resurrection. Thanks be to God for that!

Prayer: Lord God, the world constantly tempts us to give in to our own desires and pleasure. Give us courage to keep our eyes on you and do your will. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Marty Ramey, Interim Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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