Herrenhuter readings for Thursday, the 20th November 2014

HolzwegHave you not brought this on yourself, In that you have forsaken the Lord your God When He led you in the way? (Jeremiah 2:17 NKJV) and Jesus said: “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26 NKJV). 

The Lord our God does not want anybody to go astray or get lost. Rather he would have everybody come to the knowledge of truth and eternal salvation. He does not enjoy our mishaps nor does he rejoice if we disregard his holy will and divine admonitions and prescriptions so that we build our houses on sand instead of on solid rock. It is not in his character that he just waits to say: “I told you so!” or “I knew all along.” Rather he warns and deliberates, engages with us and tries to get us back on track without further delay. There is no advantage or hidden positives in lingering on the wrong and misleading path. Instead it is the best to get right back to where he leads and guides us on the road meant for us. He wants us to get home eventually and into blessed peace and final rest.

Our sinful being is deeply opposed to this. It rebels against the straight and holy ways. Prefers rebellion and selfish independence. Humility and obedience are not very high on our agenda as we try to make it on our own and laud and praise those, who can boast to be self-made success and stand on their own. No wonder we go wandering off into the woods and get lost in the sticks regularly. Or who could say that they actually understand the weather, the intricate ways of the economy or even politics? Isn’t the prevailing upheaval on all fronts – not to say “chaos” – more than enough proof, that mankind is not in control, but that we are getting things seriously messed up?

The root of all evil is the deep mistrust on the living God. Thinking that we can get by without staying on his pathways, neglecting his laws and testimonies, his holy orders and rules of nature and creation. We should be warned by the terrible calamities that God brought upon those, who thought they could get by without him and opposing his sacred will. The great deluge (Noah and his family), Sodom and Gomorrah (Lot and his daughters), Israel in Egypt, Babylon and Rome etc are just some of the terrible warnings that God does not continue to endure ridicule and rebellion endlessly. There is a final judgement coming. His last reckoning is nearly upon us. So wake up from your sleep. Repent, while it is day. Believe in the gospel. Rise up, wake and pray that you don’t fall into temptation, disbelief, despair and other terrible shame and vice.  It is his goodness and mercy, that calls you to repentance +

“I walk with Jesus all the way, His guidance never fails me; Within His wounds I find a stay When Satan’s pow’r assails me; And by His footsteps led, My path I safely tread. No evil leads my soul astray; I walk with Jesus all the way.” (LSB 716,5)

About Wilhelm Weber jr

Rector of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane
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