Daily Devotions
 

Welcome to Good Shepherd’s Daily Devotions Page!

During the weeks of Fall, our Daily Devotions are being written by members of Good Shepherd.  Each day one of your brothers or sisters in Christ will be reflecting on faith and life as we all adjust to many changes in our world.  I pray these writings will inspire, comfort and challenge you to grow in faith.  Our dedicated authors have written about their insights, joys and struggles and have been courageous enough to share them with us so that we can also ponder where God is showing up in our own lives. 

As a way to encourage the writers and each other I invite you to share a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the page each day.

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

Have you ever been confronted by a new idea, experience, or perspective that throws you completely off your balance?

I am most often thrown off center by my expectations being dashed. Not just when there is a different result than I expected, but a completely unfounded or unforeseen negative outcome.  I am frustrated and irritated that something like this could happen. Why? How? This was never on my radar! This must be a mistake. I feel like Job when he is ranting that if God confronted him on these terrible missteps, God would have no good evidence to support why these bad things are happening to him. Even God would be speechless before the perspective of Job. Because as Job has seen it, Job has fully considered all the angles, all the traditions, all his wisdom and has determined:  God would most certainly agree that Job is blameless, and a cosmic mistake, an existential misstep, has taken place in his case.

Then God says in Job Chapter 40 (essentially) “SO, are you ready to take this to court? Is this your argument you are going with? That I am incapable of knowing more than you? That my justice is flawed? Do you presume to tell me what I’m doing wrong?  Are you calling me a sinner so you can be a saint? Do you have an arm like my arm?  Can you shout in thunder the way I can? Go ahead, show your stuff.  Let’s see what you’re made of, what you can do. Unleash your outrage.”

Job, of course, hears this and says (essentially)

 “I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me. 

    I should never have opened my mouth!

I’ve talked too much, way too much!

    I’m ready to shut up and listen.”

My initial reaction to challenging situations is to take the Job route and confront it right back. Express my outrage. Fight back. It’s a natural response. However, in the midst of a world that continues to challenge my expectations, am I to believe that God’s hand is nowhere to be found in it? Am I to believe God has lost God’s grip on creation? Am I to believe the Spirit has no part to play in these days? Of course not. And if I truly believe this, then perhaps I can take a page from Job and instead of expressing my outrage and seeking a court to air my grievances, it may be a good time for me to cover my mouth… and listen.

Resisting my urge to fight, separate, argue, and justify myself and instead, open my ears, my eyes, my heart, and my whole self what Eugene Peterson calls “the frustrations and failures of loving.” Loving and daring to believe that failing in love towards my neighbors is better than succeeding in my own pride.

 

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