Today’s Readings: Daniel 4:1-18; 1 Peter 4:7-11; John 21:15-25
Even after we have failed God, as Nebuchadnezzar did, as Peter did—as we all do—forgiveness and restoration are available. Observe how the king’s stump will remain, so that new growth may come forth from roots and stump, as it would from Jesse’s stump (Isa 11:1). See how Peter is brought back into full fellowship with his Lord, and set back on the pastoral path that begins with following Christ anew.
It is no wonder that Peter was focused on focusing others on discipleship. Having experienced restoration, he knew the joy of a renewed relationship with the Lord. So, always having a view of “the end of all things” being near, he exhorts us to follow Jesus with sober minds, self-control, prayer, love, hospitality, and service—all with the strength that God so abundantly provides, instead of in one’s own meager power, so that the Father may be glorified through Christ who is so powerfully at work in us (Col 1:29).
Prayer: Father, give me an ear to listen to your Son and follow him. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC and Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Advance, NC.