August 21: serve

So, what do you do when you are not where you want to be? Or even if you are where you want to be, what do you do?

Jeremiah’s message for today is that the worst thing is not the last thing. Living in Jerusalem is no longer an option. God will not prevent the worst from happening. But they can live to see another day – though that day and that place will be Babylon. “Serve the king of Babylon” (Jeremiah 27:17)

The refrain in Psalm 188 is “His loves endures forever.” Now that sounds like the last thing!

So, serve where you are. Serve where you live. Today, there will be an opportunity to serve God right where I am. This is the message I heard from today’s readings. But then my morning started later than I wanted. I just could not get out of bed today, and when my day starts out other than the way I want, I get irritated. After leaving the house, I stopped at a store and waited in line for a cashier. Then someone who came in after me got to a cashier before me. No big event, but I got irritated and suddenly felt I was being treated unfairly. But the Word from scripture: Steve, will you serve me right where you are?

So, what do you do when you are not where you want to be? Serve God right where you are.

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1 John 2

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