"I am so confused" - Devotion and Worship Links

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on August 09, 2020

In our Traditional Service the gospel lesson includes three parables about the kingdom of God. Parables are riddles. They are memorable. They keep you thinking about them long afterwards.

In today's message, I tell the Parable of a Wrench Set based on Romans 12:3-8I pray that it too is memorable and keeps you thinking. 

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I Am So Confused! - Our Daily Devotion 
 
Current events confuse me. What am I to think about the protests, the pandemic, the political climate we live in?
 
We aren’t the first who are confused by current events. In our Old Testament lesson (read 1 Kings 16-17 here):

  • The believers remaining in Israel must have been confused as their king made Baal their national God instead of the LORD. How could God let that happen?
  • Elijah must have been confused. When Israel most needed him to serve as prophet, the LORD tucked him away, unused by a brook and then up in Lebanon for 3 1/2 years!
  • The widow of Zarephath must have been confused when the LORD “rewards” her kindness to Elijah with the death of her son.
  • In our New Testament lesson (read Romans 4 here),Abraham must have been confused. The LORD had promised that through his descendants all the clans of the world would blessed. But he remained childless. How would that promise be fulfilled?

The solution to our confusion? Faith. Look back at each of those bullet points.

  • Faith that the LORD controls the nations, even when the wicked prosper.
  • Faith that the LORD controls the Church, even when the pandemic disrupts our worship life.
  • Faith that the LORD controls our lives, even when sickness and death strike.
  • Faith that the LORD controls the world and will fulfill his “impossible” promises.

The greatest confusion? How can a sinner like me possibly be accepted by the LORD who sees my confusion, my bitterness, my fear, my doubts?
 
The solution is faith that “Jesus was handed over to be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised back to life to prove that he had made us right with God!” (Romans 4:25 The Passion Translation).

This world is confusing. But we don't need to understand everything. When we know that the Easter Tomb was empty:

  • By faith we live.
  • By faith we are prepared to die.
  • By faith we are able bring hope to those around us. 

May our daily Bible reading increase our faith in the Empty Tomb and our Savior's perfect control of our world and of our lives. Amen.

Bible study

On Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm Central Daylight Time, I will be hosting a Zoom Bible study based on the GroupWork study of Spiritual Gifts (see attached). I'll send out a link just before the time. Click on the link if you would like to join us!
 
May God bless your Bible reading and worship today.

Pastor Pete 

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