August 9, 2022     2:44 pm
214. Week of Third Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Meditate on the Law day and night, and seek to follow all its precepts
          This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.   Joshua 1:8
          Regenerate Christians, children of God, in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, are desirous, yes, anxious to lead a life that is well pleasing to God. They wish to do good works that are acceptable to God. But in this they must not be guided by their own would-be pious opinion, much less by the commandments of men, but by the Law of God. The Law of God must be the rule guiding their every action. The Law of God should never depart out of their mouths, but they should meditate on it day and night, and seek to follow all its precepts. Then they will be sure of doing what is right, and will always act wisely. Thus, notwithstanding God knows that man cannot fulfil His Law, He nevertheless has made it a rule for us, His children, which we should follow, and which tells us with what kind of works we should serve Him. It is acting presumptuously if we ourselves choose the works with which we want to serve God. God has told us in His Law how we should be, and what we must do and must not do, and these precepts alone we must follow. In fact, that will give us enough to do as long as we live. The more earnestly we strive to keep God's commandments, the more we shall become aware of how much we still lack, how poorly we have kept the Law, are still keeping it, and, in fact, how little we can keep it.
          PRAYER: - O Lord, give me Your Holy Spirit, that I may run the way of Your commandments! And be with me on this way, O gracious God, and richly and daily forgive all sins to me for Jesus' sake, and comfort and strengthen me by the Spirit of grace, that I may again and again lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for my feet to run in the ways of Your commandments. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:44 pm