Faith is our focus this week as we see Abram stepping out in faith to follow God to a new land when he was already 75 years old. Paul tells us that it was God's gift of faith to Abraham that caused him to be saved, not his own works and Jesus clarifies things for Nicodemus so that he too may know how one enters the Kingdom of Heaven and what Jesus mission was on earth.
Old Testament: Genesis 12:1--9
Epistle: Romans 4:1--8, 13--17
Gospel: John 3:1--17
In the name of Jesus our Savior, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church welcomes you to ‘Dial-a-Devotion’, this is Vicar Tom Schlund. Our text for today is from Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Trust is an important thing. We want others to trust us when we tell them things. We want to be trusted enough to be given responsibilities. When trust is lost it is often times hard to regain. If we get hurt by someone it is hard to trust them again because what they did to you is always in the back of your mind.
Who do you trust? You might trust your spouse or children. You may trust your best friend or your parents. You may even trust the local newscasters on TV. But what do all of these people have in common? At some point they will all probably do something to break your trust. Your spouse or children may lie to you causing you to doubt them the next time they tell you something. Your friend may fail to follow through on something that they promised to do for you. In all of these instances our trust fails because the people we put our trust in fail.
In our text today we hear about where we should always be putting our trust – the Lord our God. God is the only thing in which we can trust that will not fail. God has made promises to his people throughout all times and he has always followed through. He promised Adam and Eve that he would send a savior. We just finished celebrating the fulfillment of this promise in the Christmas Story where we remember the birth of Jesus. When all other fail, sometimes we turn to just trusting in ourselves. The verse from Proverbs directs us not to do this either. Keep your trust in the Lord, he will be with you always and will never fail!
Let us pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for always fulfilling your promises and being the one in which we can always put our trust. Help us to always put our trust in you and not to rely on things that fail. In Jesus name, Amen
My name is Tom. I'm fascinated by the ways that people, ideas, current events and theology interact with each other.