February 25, 2015

deut 9_13

Deuteronomy 9:13-21

I love my stuff. I have souvenirs from all the places I have visited, in Europe, South America and the United States. It gives me pleasure to look at these trinkets and remember the vacation or trip during which I bought them. None of the things I have are valuable enough in financial terms that it would cause hardship for me to part with them, but the sentimental value is important to me.

When Moses went up the mountain and received the tablets of the Law from God, the people quickly forgot that their trust and their devotion was to be to God alone. Wanting to have control over their fate, they built a golden calf to worship, a tangible presence, and turned away from God.

Faith can be fragile; it can be undermined when circumstances change and we become distracted or fearful during the storms of life. The answer is not to make idols, though, or to turn from following God. The most valuable thing any of us have cannot be put on display or touched. It is the gift of eternal life which was purchased for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Prayer: Lord, you call us to trust in you, not in idols or sentimental possessions. Keep us focused on your Word, that we may know the peace you offer us in Christ. Amen.

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

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