August 21, 2015

Mark 9_23

Mark 9:14-29

Unbelief is as much of a choice as belief is. What makes it, in many ways, more appealing is that whereas to believe something requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn’t require much of anything at all.

There is a growing trend in our culture where religion is questioned, mocked, and simply rejected. This crosses all ages. But it is especially rising in our young people. (If you are reading this devotion you may very well have a Christian faith foundation.)

Almost every time we hear faith questioned or mocked it is attached to some area of suffering. My seminary student wrote in a sermon: The horrific event in Charleston, SC this past Wednesday night may cause some to question how a loving God could allow this to happen.

In his sermon, he continues, “Brothers and sisters, it is Ok to answer another’s questions with ‘I don’t know why’ or ‘I cannot explain it’ but, what I do know is that the Lord is with us in the midst of our suffering.”

My student is right, and I cannot improve on that.

Prayer: Lord, help me, to trust you regardless of the circumstances. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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