The theme for our readings today is Patience.
Patience in our homes
In our New Testament reading (click here to read James 3), James, the brother of our Lord, reminds us how easy it is for us to lose patience with the people in our homes right now. Our tongues can inflict great harm. In the stress of the "Safer at Home" order, pray for the wisdom that comes from above: "The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness."
Patience in the pandemic
The Old Testament reading (click here to read Joshua 14-15) is about the division of the Promised Land after the war was over. We read about the conquest in just a couple of days. What we sometimes forget is that this conquest took seven years!
Look at Joshua 14:10. Forty-five years earlier, Caleb was one of the spies who saw the beauty of the Promised Land (Numbers 13-14). He was 40 years old. Because of the rebellion of God's people at the time, they wandered another 38 years. So they crossed the Jordan when Caleb was 78 and now he is 85. That means Caleb and God's people had already spent seven years conquering the land!
Brothers and sisters, our God brought his people into the Promised Land. He heard their prayers and fulfilled his promises, but always according to his time table. Be assured that our God also hears our prayers in the midst of this pandemic and he will deliver us in the way and in the time he has already determined. God grant us patience as we await his deliverance.
The patience of our Savior
If you too confess that you have been impatient with those around you and perhaps even impatient with God, I encourage you to spend 3 minutes watching Pastor Bonack's devotion on the patience and love of our Savior. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Watch it here.
I've again attached the maps from yesterday showing where the 12 tribes received their inheritance and the key geographic features of the land to help you in your reading.
Food Drive for Muskego Food Pantry
If you live in the area, you can drop off food this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. See the attached Food Drive promo and share it with friends. Sally Wallner also has a Facebook video about it. Watch it here. From 2 to 3:30 pm we pastors plan to be around to say hello (from a social distance) since we all miss you too! You can drop off offerings for the Food Pantry or for St. Paul's during that time as well. Thanks in advance for helping those in need.
Thank you for your support
Thank you for helping us share the love of Christ when it is needed most. Your sharing of our posts and emails, your prayers, your words of encouragement, and your offerings are so much appreciated. If you are able to give an offering, you can mail it to St. Paul's, S66 W14325 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI 53150. Giving online is very easy as well. Click here to make a one time or recurring gift.
May the Holy Spirit give us patience as we rest confident in our Savior's love and in his wisdom for our lives.