August 9, 2022     2:32 pm
225. Week of Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
He will not let any harm come to you or disaster come near your home
          There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.   Psalms 91:10
          Thus God puts you at ease, O child of God. And Dr. Luther, in his Small Catechism, in accordance with this promise, teaches you to believe that God defends you against all danger, and guards and protects you against all evil.- But how is this? In reality don't many evils and plagues come upon us? Doesn't dire experience teach this a thousand times? Doesn't also Scripture teach the very same thing? Think of the story of Joseph! But, listen, what does this very story of Joseph show? It shows that God makes all things that seem to be evil, and that actually taste bitter, to work together for good to them that love Him. Even Joseph finally said to his brothers who had steeped his soul in bitter grief: "You thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass as it is this day, to save many people alive." (Gen. 50:20) Similarly God deals with you if you are His child. Everything that befalls you, though it seem ever so evil, must contribute to your welfare, your soul's eternal welfare. And hence it cannot actually be an evil. Nor must you consider it a plague. My dear Christian, this life is as nothing compared with the blessed life hereafter. There all will be glorious beyond comprehension. Your heavenly Father, who dearly loves you, sometimes, it is true, permits something to befall you which seems very hard to bear. But in each and every instance it is merely a well-planned and foreordained station on the way to eternal life to which He is taking you under His guidance. And thus He, in loving kindness, eases and tempers everything, and being full of compassion and love for you, He comforts you. Put your trust in the promise He gives you in the above Scripture text. And "commit your way to the Lord; trust also in him, and He shall bring it to pass." (Ps. 37:5)
          PRAYER: - My dear Heavenly Father, give me, I beseech You, a childlike mind to trust in You implicitly, and firmly to believe that You safely guide me and deal well with me. And when I must cry and weep, help me to lift up my eyes to You, and to seek consolation and help with You, for You are my dearly beloved Father in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:32 pm