Home > Reading > The Daily Lectionary – June 24, 2016


Numbers 13:1–3; 21–30; Romans 2:25–3:8; Matthew 18:21–35

God’s ways are always superior to our way of thinking. His values are pure and holy. As physical beings, living in a physical world, we do not understand spiritual perfection. We must simply trust that God’s decisions are based on foresight, knowledge, and wisdom that we do not possess. When God directs us to do something, we should just do it, and not question his authority. Just think what would have happened if Noah had refused to build the ark.

We should strive to emulate God’s perfection by learning from the examples we read in his Word. Sometimes those examples seem difficult to understand, and even challenge our sense of right and wrong, but God is the sovereign authority, incapable of doing wrong. God’s Holy Spirit that dwells in us will guide us, if we are quiet and take time to listen to his voice.

Our human reasoning always tempts us to doubt God, so we need to stop what we are doing and pray. Satan’s most powerful tool is creating doubt. Jesus knew that, and made it possible for us to go to God at any time in prayer. He set us the example to pray fervently and unceasingly.

Prayer: Lord God, may I never forget that you are always just and righteous. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Kris Brower, pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Brenham, TX.

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