Saturday of the 14th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-21; 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you--you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. (Psalm 86:1-3 from the Introit for Trinity 15)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We Christians are a rebellious people. We have been baptized into the death of Christ, yet daily find temptation all too...well...tempting. We sin all the day long. We are, at times, boastful and prideful in our sins! Then God's great Law comes sweeping through our hearts and brings us to our knees. It is then that we feel the finger of God beckoning us unto repentance. We should be in true repentance and mend our ways to strive and live a Christ-centered life. But then that is easier said than done, right?

We are to be aware of our brokenness and our sinful nature. But we are also to remember Whose we are! We have been bought at a price and that price was the death of our Lord Jesus Christ! We have been made His own people through those wonderful and glorious sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

We have been made His very own and we are able to call upon our God and ask Him to continue preserving us and our lives. We are able to call upon Him to be gracious and merciful to us continuously for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ. Because of this we can rest in the comfort that nothing can take us from the grasp of God, not sorrow, nor any need, and certainly not death. Let us give thanks to Christ who has bought us at His own price and protects us and keeps us from all harm and danger until the close of the age when we shall be with Him in heaven. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

What God ordains is always good: This truth remains unshaken. Though sorrow, need, or death be mine, I shall not be forsaken. I fear no harm, For with His arm He shall embrace and shield me; So to my God I yield me. (What God Ordains Is Always Good, LSB 760:6)

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