Devotions

Where is your Midian?

“When Pharaoh heard this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by the well.” Exodus 2:13-15 

When Moses’ life was in danger for committing murder, he ran off to Midian to escape the punishment (of death) from Pharaoh. We cannot know how he felt about having to flee, but it does seem as though he was running from his failure to do what was right. Our scripture focus tells us, when he arrived, he sat by the well. I imagine he was exhausted and thirsty from traveling, or maybe he was exhausted from thinking about what he had done.  

We all experience failure. We all have times in our lives when we feel like we are doing the best we can, only to find out we have fallen short of God’s glory. Quite possibly, we feel like Moses and grow weary.  

Where is your Midian? Where do you run to when you are forced to face your mistakes and failures? My prayer is that you run to the presence of God. Our failures can teach us and mature our faith. When embraced, our failures can guide us to become more the person God is creating us to be. Most importantly, our failures can humble us, so that God can renew our spirit and refresh our soul.  

On this new day, I pray for renewal, refreshment, and the peace of Christ to cover you. 

Posted by Betsy Butler
Tags: devotion

Who is Jesus?

“But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 

Our family has always been active in church. We attended regularly and took the children with us from the time they were old enough to sit in church. Many years ago, before I entered the ministry, when my oldest son Joshua was very young, he once asked me “Daddy, who is Jesus that everybody keeps talking about?” I admit to being a little embarrassed that he didn’t already know. After all, wasn’t it my job to teach my son about the Christian faith? 

Joshua knew about baby Jesus in the Christmas story, but he had never made the connection with the other stories of Jesus in church. He didn’t know the grown-up Jesus. Ever since that day, I have been trying to help him understand who Jesus is, not just with ideas and explanations, but also with the way I live my life each day. 

There is a story in Matthew’s gospel narrative where Jesus asks the disciples what people are saying about him. After a few answers he asked them directly, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter is the one to identify Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God. I’ve always thought that if this story was set in today’s world, all those around Peter would have said, “good answer. That’s a good answer.” 

Jesus lived on earth as a person of compassion, mercy, grace, and love. He showed us what God was like and showed us the way to God. Jesus is God incarnate in the world. I confess and affirm that Jesus is God’s son, and that my belief in Jesus inspires me to live faithfully, trying to let my life show this belief to others. I hope that people see Jesus living in me.  

How about you? Do you think that Jesus is the Son of God? And if you do, what does that mean to your life? 

Posted by Bob Winstead
Tags: devotion

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