Daily Lectionary: Genesis 37:1-36; Mark 10:1-12
I believe that God has made me and all creatures… (The Small Catechism: Apostles Creed, First Article, Part 1)
Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God alone is the Creator of the universe. He alone is the subject of the Hebrew verb ברא (bara’) which means “to create.” Man makes things from other things. God creates—He baras—out of nothing (ex nihilo).
You aren’t a mistake. You aren’t an accident. You aren’t a failure. Your life isn’t just a random collection of events. You aren’t unlucky.
There is a God in the heavens. He’s not indifferent or against you. He loves you. He cares—not because you are lovable. No, He hates nothing that He created. You are His creature. He is your Creator.
Everything about your life, your family, your friends, your home, your location, even your pets, was given to you by your Creator. Your job that you worked so hard to get, your education that you are so proud of, everything that makes you you was all given to you by God. Your grandparents, parents, children, and your children’s children aren’t just random combinations of DNA. They are also a gift to you from God.
God didn’t just make you, He also preserves you. Before Adam fell, before there was a universe, God set in motion His plan to save you. He sent His Son, born of a woman to crush the head of the serpent and to win salvation for you in His death on the Cross. He was crucified for your sins. He was raised from the dead for your forgiveness.
In Jesus’ resurrection on Easter, the God who made the heavens and the earth is your Father. Your Father! You are His child! What good news! Jesus is the reason that you have nothing to fear from God. You don’t have to be afraid that God is going to suddenly stop being good to you. He’s Calvary- and Easter-committed to saving you.
In good times, God is your Father. In bad times and tribulations, God is your Father. When you feel on top of the world and don’t think you could possibly fail, God is your Father. When you fall completely on your face and eat dirt, God is your Father.
Through it all, He’s always working, always creating, always changing evil into good. You don’t deserve it. You didn’t earn it. He’s doing everything for you out of fatherly divine goodness and mercy. He deals with you by gift. He is your Creator. You are His creation.
There are no accidents in this life. Instead, there is your God and Father. He’s going to carry you through this life. In Jesus, He’s going to save you! Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt