LEA Weekly Devotion
Word’s Worth series 2022–2023
Week of May 7, 2023
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase window shopping?
- Double-hung or sliding?
- Just looking?
- People who throw rocks…?
No ponder window shopping in a spiritual or faith perspective. What do you see—and perhaps long for—in God’s displays of blessings to share or teach. Or do you think more like too impractical, excessively extravagant, not interested, just browsing, time consuming, stuff for somebody else?
God’s window displays lots of goodies. The inventory is diverse and endless. Hear this in Paul’s message to Christians old and young: And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).
Your windows overflow with good works from which to choose. Some of those works are time-consuming, dangerous, or extravagant. Some are inexpensive (but never cheap) and simple. But they are there, not just for your wishing but for your using. What’s more, God gives you choices, the Holy Spirit does the empowering, and Jesus did the paying.
But one thing to remember: Don’t be disappointed if God has something behind those windows that you don’t think is right for you. He will give you whatever is best. The point of His blessings is not to make you happy. It’s to bless you and make you a blessing to others. Along with your gratitude, say, I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).
Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20–21).
Sing together: Pick a window
- He’s Breathing on Me | @ Tim. 3:16 | 2015
- Good Ol’ Me | Psalm 26:11 | 2020
- Science Friction | Luke 24:36–49 | 2003
We invite you to read the LEA guest devotions.
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
Copyright ©2023 Lutheran Education Association
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