Daily Lectionary: Job 10:1-22; John 5:1-18
“You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.” (Job 10:12)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. It’s odd to be reading Job on a day like Valentine’s Day. The day is full of sugary-sweet candy, chocolates, flowers, fine dining, and romance. Today we read from Job, “I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1). Happy Valentine’s Day, Job? Chapter 10 is a recipe for disaster if you decide to read it to your sweetheart today. There isn’t much sugary happiness in Job’s words. This is life under the cross. Despite what this day may bring, with our efforts to show love and affection, we still suffer from broken hearts. Hearts that are broken by lust, envy, and greed. Hearts that bring out the worst of us in our thoughts, words, and deeds. In our sin we have no love, no affection, and no care for what God would give to us. In our sin we are left with nothing but death.
But Christ has come for you. He knitted you in your mother’s womb and He has promised you His unconditional love. No matter how unfaithful you have been toward God and others around you, be reminded of these words from Job: “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit” (Job 10:12).
Jesus is your steadfast and faithful love. His love goes to the point of death on the Cross for you. His love covers the multitude of your sins and presents you as holy, innocent, righteous, and blameless in His sight. In Jesus, the prophet Ezekiel’s words come true for you: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” No matter where life takes you, whether your heart rings for joy this day or is utterly broken, Christ gives you life and promises you His steadfast love, now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
O grant that nothing in my soul may dwell, but Thy pure love alone! O may Thy love possess me whole, my Joy, my Treasure, and my Crown. All coldness from my heart remove; my ev’ry act, word, thought, be love. (Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me, LSB 683:2)