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Job 6:1, 7:1–21; Acts 10:1–16; John 7:1–13

Have you ever been surrounded by people who just do not have your back? It seems that they do not even understand what is really important to you and even who you really are? Well, you are not alone.

In our reading today, we hear how Jesus’ own brothers are not all convinced that he is the Messiah. It is as if they are saying, “If you’re so important, then you should really go to this annual festival where you can do great and wonderful things to further convince people of who you are.” They were making fun of Jesus, not caring that such a public appearance would endanger Jesus’ life or that this was not the right time for such events to unfold.

We learn from Jesus that we should keep our eyes on God and his purpose for us. We learn from Jesus not to be influenced or manipulated by those around us, but to stay focused in the Lord.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, that you lead and direct our ways. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt, Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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