March 8, 2005 - Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“They shall feed along the roads,and their pastures,shall be on all desolate heights, they shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them;for He who has mercy on them will lead them,even by the springs of water He will guide them.”  (Isaiah 49:8-13 NKJV)

In the name of Jesus.  Amen.  It’s good to read the Small Catechism every single day.  You memorized it in Confirmation for a reason!  To recite it to yourself! 

Isaiah tells the children of Israel returning from the exile that the Lord will feed them like sheep – on the roadside and in pastures.  None of His people hunger, none of them thirst, He will lead them and tend to them.  He heard their prayers at just the right time and provided for them.  Why?  The Lord has mercy.

As the Lord fed the exiles, so He feeds us too.  We don’t go hungry,we don’t thirst.  Every day, we pray for daily bread.  Every day, He answers. 

How could we forget that?  So we say the Small Catechism:

God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers,even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. (Lord’s Prayer, 4th Petition)

Why does God feed us?  He has mercy.  He is gracious in Christ.  Lest we forget all that He has given to us, the Catechism reminds us:

Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like. (Lord’s Prayer, 4th Petition)

He feeds His sheep, He tends to us.  He gives us all that we need to support this body and life.  He doesn’t do this because there is something inside us which makes us lovable.  He provides for us,  because of the cross of Christ.

Lent is a good time to add something to what you do every day.  Today, add the Small Catechism to your day.  Read and recite it, so that you never forget all that God does for you in Christ, including giving you daily bread.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Higher Things Reflections are written by Rev. George F. Borghardt III, Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Conroe, TX.