October 23, 2021

Wherever We Are

You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

Deuteronomy 8:10
In the Hebrew Bible, the fulfillment of God's promises was interpreted to be possession of a land. We call that land the Promised Land. Because that's also the earth trod upon by Jesus during his life, we also call it the Holy Land. There's a theological problem with this, however. And that is that the existence of a land popularly called holy means, in many minds, means that it is somehow holier than other lands. If this is the case, then the fulfillment of God's promises must still be found in an actual geographical place.

This, of course, is not true. Wherever we encounter God is holy ground, and no country is any holier than another. In the same way, our attitude toward food has been transformed. Though there used to be a distinction between clean and unclean, in Christ, that distinction has been erased. As in the Hebrew scriptures, clean food was eaten in celebration of a holy land, so today we realize that all that we eat, drink, or do is to be done for God's glory—not because we're in a particular place, but because we find God wherever we are.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
 1 Corinthians 10:31
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
God, you have given us a lodging in this world but not an abiding city. Help us, as a pilgrim people, to endure hardness, knowing that at the end of our journey Christ has prepared a place for us.
 A New Zealand Prayer Book (Anglican)
✙ 
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
Losung Losungen Tageslosung Moravian Daily Texts Watchword Watchwords Lehrtext Lehrtexte Teaching Text
Text selection ©2020 Evangelische Brüder-Unität