For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Exodus 12: 31-42
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
Can you imagine what the Israelites felt when they left Egypt for the Promised Land? They had no idea where they were going and just kept walking, day in and day out.
I think I can sympathize a bit with them. One day when I was in college, my roommate and I decided to walk to the local Hoss's Restaurant. We decided to treat ourselves to a steak dinner. My roommate said he didn't think it was too far to the restaurant. We didn't have a car so we decided to walk.
We began walking. We traveled up a hill and my roommate looked further down the road when we got to the top and said he thought the restaurant was just over the next hill. So we continued to walk. I took his word for it. We got to the top of the next hill and still no restaurant. "I'm positive it's just over the next hill," he said. Again, after much walking we reached another peak. And we continued walking.
We almost turned back but I said we had gone this far already, so why not finish. And eventually we did. We found the restaurant, although it was a lot farther from our dorm than we both remembered.
I only had to wander for an hour or more. The Israelites wandered for 40 years. What faith they had to have in God to show them where they were going. I know they complained along the way; but, so did I when we went to Hoss's.
Know that on your spiritual journey, God is leading the way. He will show you where you should go-- even if you are not too sure how far you are going. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Discuss with others or meditate on this quotation, "Peace in the world begins deep inside." (Unknown author)