Today’s readings: Hosea 13:4–8; Acts 27:27–44; Luke 9:18–27
A man drives to work at 6:30AM, as he has for eight years. He punches his time-card and is soon confronted by his supervisor. John is berated and humiliated as he has been repeatedly over the years for minor things. This time he quits. Storms!
A strong thunderstorm sweeps through the area and destroys a farmer’s crops and barns. He is already deep in debt. Storms!
A widow faces an empty house and bed for the first time in 40 years, Storms!
Storms come in many fashions and many ways. St. Paul was literally in a storm, as recorded in Acts 27. In the midst of being transported to Rome, where he will eventually be killed, a huge storm arose. Paul brought calm and reason in the midst of the storm.
These hymn words seem so appropriate:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
Prayer: Lord, help us lean into your strength regardless of the storms around us. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.
Tomorrow’s readings: Hosea 13:6–16; Acts 28:1–16; Luke 9:28–36