Prayer of the Day
Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
What an interesting passage to read in light of what’s happening in both the Ukraine and the Middle East. Fear not, and do not be afraid. Isn’t that what we all need to hear at times? I think the whole world needs to hear that at this point.
Psalm 86:11-17 (ESV)
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Paul goes into greater detail from the Isaiah passage. Even though tough times are ahead, and are now, we still have hope. We know everything will work out in the end. It’s just getting there that’s the hard part. We’re an instant gratification society. We want everything now. We hate waiting. But in the end if you do wait, then the reward is that much greater.
This really isn’t a very happy passage, but at the same time it is. Unlike the rocky ground in the previous week’s gospel message, this is fertile soil that both the good and the bad seed are sewn. Only in the end does everyone show their true colors; their fruit if you will. Everyone looks the same, but not everyone produces the fruit of the spirit. That’s what’s shown in the end. Don’t be afraid, as Isaiah said in the first passage. For everything will work out in the end. And that’s the good news.