Daily Devotion Thursday, May 30th

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Psalm 36; Deuteronomy 4:32-40; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 and Luke 16:1-9

In reading the daily lectionary readings for today, I read one of the passages that I’ve never fully understood. It is the passage from Luke, the parable of the shrewd manager. I have always found it interesting that Jesus used this parable to teach about the kingdom of God.  It’s one of those that we could easily misinterpret or bend to suit our ends. Yet in it is a truth about our life with God.

Luke 16:1-9 – 1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.”

First off something we need to admit is that everything we have is the Lord’s, everything and God has entrusted it to us. We, like all who have gone before us, have not managed well what God has given us.

Secondly, something this parable points out is that those who do not believe in God often are more shrewd in their wordly ways, than God’s people in the ways of God’s kingdom. I can see a person who is involved in a gang, doing something similar to this to befriend himself to another gang when his gang leader threatens to demote him and possibly throw him out on the street.

In the book of Proverbs we hear; “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Here are a few links to further explanations of this passage.

http://www.jesuswalk.com/lessons/16_1-15.htm

http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?b=42&c=16&com=mhc

http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVanswers/2006/01-28.htm

O God, I often don’t fully comprehend what you are trying to say to me. Today, give me a glimmer of insight into your kingdom that I may be a better steward of all you have entrusted to me. Amen.

Psalm 36 – 5   Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6   Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.

7   How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

BTW – Happy 6th birthday to Mackenzie, my granddaughter.

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