Devotionals
 

Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

 
Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

John 14:1-7

Faith, not certainty

Lord, we do not know where you are going. (v. 5)

Thomas often gets a bad rap. This is evident by the name traditionally given him: “Doubting Thomas.” But is Thomas or his questions so different that us or the questions we often have? Do we always have a clear sense of where God is leading us? Later in John’s gospel Thomas asks for proof of the resurrection. Don’t we also search for answers and sometimes even question whether God is present in our lives?

In our society and in much of Christian culture there is a sense that certainty or being without doubt is the same as faith. Right belief or adherence to a statement of “faith” are required in some communities.

The Greek word often translated in to English as “faith” is pistis, which can also be understood as trust. In a way faith could be defined as trust while still having doubts or questions. God desires our trust, not our certainty or lack of doubt. In a prayer we use at the Edge House, Thomas Merton begins, “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going...” yet still ends with “...I will trust you always...” God knows we have questions, but still leads us on the way.

God, give us good courage to trust in you even when we don’t know they way. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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