Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 27, 2015.
Prayer: In all circumstances, God, help us to seek you. Amen.
Reading: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I admit it—I don’t get this passage. When I looked at the passage for today and knew that none of our writers volunteered for this one, I knew I had to write something about it. I could probably go pull out some commentaries and see what other theologians have to say about this, but I will admit this, too: I just don’t have the time.
When I get stuck like this, I often think to myself, “What is God up to?” And so I asked myself that question before I re-read the passage. And all I came up with is this: God is reminding those in Moses’ time, and those in our time, that God should be our number one. It God ordains something, we should pay attention. There will be false prophets, but they will die. What God creates and put life we need to pay attention to.
Last night, I was involved in an emergency medical situation. I was in a gathered crowd where one among us passed out. We needed to attend to her and get professional help. My camp training came in very handy! As I learned more about the condition that this individual deals with on a regular basis, I was reminded that when we meet people, we don’t always know what they are going through and their back stories.
And so, I challenge you to continually, in all circumstances, ask what God is up to and where we can see God in any situation. I know you’ll find God there, just as I found God’s help in the writing of this devotional! --Chad Hershberger
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