Reflections: July 1, 2020
Wednesday of the Third Week after Trinity
By Alexander Lange
What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory. (The Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Sixth Petition)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God tempts no one. God is not tempted by evil. God doesn't create unbelief or cause sin. That doesn't mean that God won't permit you to experience spiritual conflict with the powers of evil. Indeed, by transferring you into His Kingdom, God makes you the enemy of the kingdom of darkness.
As soon as you renounce the devil at the baptismal font, you become his target. As soon as you confess that Jesus is Lord, the world will hate you, just as it hates Jesus. As soon as the Spirit enters your heart, causing you to trust Jesus and love Him, your sinful nature fights back.
When we pray this petition, we are asking our Father to guard us, so that these forces of evil cannot deceive or mislead us. We know how foolish and weak we can be. We know that the battle will be hard. If God doesn't help us, then we will fall into false belief, despair, and countless other shames and vices.
Thankfully, Jesus has pledged Himself to you. The same Lord that overcame the devil in the wilderness resisted the temptation to sin during His ministry, and conquered the world at the Cross is on your side! He sits at God's right hand, interceding for you. He speaks well of you, insisting that God act on your behalf.
We have some mighty enemies. They will attack us. Let them. They don't stand a chance. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Lead not into temptation, Lord, Where our grim foe and all his horde Would vex our souls on ev'ry hand. Help us resist, help us to stand Firm in the faith, a mighty host, Through comfort of the Holy Ghost. ("Our Father, Who from Heaven Above" LSB 766, st. 7)
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