I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court… It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. (1Co 4:3-5 NIV)
The Corinthians were evaluating, appreciating and classifying their pastors and teachers. The apostle is assuring us that the Lord will judge rightly and justly. He will give the appropriate praise to his people finally. Therefore we should rather pray for our pastor, that they be faithful and diligent servants of the Lord – and that the Lord have mercy on us all, when we will have to give an account of all we have done here on earth – be it good or bad. Amen.
Oh holy God, keep us from wrong judgement and false condemnation. Let us do the work of our calling faithfully and let us not tire in doing good both in the Church and beyond. Give us your Holy Spirit in richest measure. Amen. (Wilhelm Löhe)
For the herald’s voice is crying in the desert far and near, calling us to true repentance, since the reign of God is here. O, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way. Let the valleys rise in meeting and the hills bow down in greeting.
Straight shall be what long was crooked, and the rougher places plain. Let your hearts be true and humble, as befits God’s holy reign. For the glory of the Lord now on earth is shed abroad, and all flesh shall see the token that God’s word is never broken. (Johann Olearius, 1671)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Saturday after the third Sunday in Advent. It is found on Pg. 27 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.