Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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July 27 – Faith And Prosperity

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”  Matt. 7:24-27

Devotional Thought For The Day

Things have been dismal with our economy for some time now.  The issues seem utterly resistant to the tampering and adjustments that our experts have made over the past few years.  I have understood the economic reasons why factory owners and investors have chosen to move out of the United States for some time now – but these actions are now seen to be not only selfish but myopic and foolish.  When people can’t make money neither can they spend it, so demand dries up and businesses fail.  Likewise, we are suffering for the inflation of investments – whether Real Estate or stocks.  Those who perpetrated and benefited from this artificial inflation are now suffering – except for those who are still able to manipulate the market up and down, buying and selling.

We have also been reminded of how the weather affects our economic fortunes over the past few years.  My insurance rates continue to go up astronomically each time I make a payment.  The reasons given are “Katrina,” the “floods,” “tornadoes,” and now the fires.  The drought will soon drive the cost of food up dramatically – and crop insurance will have to be paid out to many.  All of these things affect the personal “economy” of every person, and the trickle down effects are dramatic and cumulative.  Cities filing for bankruptcy?  Student loan rates rising?  Tuition costs rising?  Civic services and infrastructure dwindling and failing?  Even the costs of participating in public education, sports, and recreational activities are rising.

Could these negative dynamics have any relationship to what Jesus said about “hearing” His words and “doing” them?  Are we being humbled, our dreams dwindling away, and our impotence at controlling the most basic things exposed, so that we might rethink our relationship to the One Who controls all things, including the weather?  Our founding fathers understood that nothing could be accomplished without the blessing of Almighty God.  They understood the wisdom of God’s Word, the Bible, for effecting the greatest commonweal. They understood how essential faith and prayer and worship were to the good, prosperity, and blessedness of our nation and its citizenry.  Today we go out of our way to poke God in the eye – not only by not heeding His Word and refusing to do it, but intentionally “parading” our disobedience and disdain for His Word.  Who is right?  Jesus, or those who think He is nothing, that His Word is irrelevant to our lives today?  I suspect that He will prevail in this argument – and I hope it is sooner than later.

It has always been a fact of life that those who embrace God’s love and mercy in Christ Jesus, and who seek to hear and do His Word, have suffered for the foolishness of their leaders and the predominant culture within which they live.  It will be no different for us – and our own personal economies have also been negatively affected over the past few years.  However, it will also be seen that Jesus keeps His Word of blessing and promise to those who hear and do His Word – their house will not fall because it is founded on the Rock.  We may suffer the same kind of economic challenges and setbacks as everyone else around us, but this does not represent the same level of disaster for us as it does to those who put their faith and trust in man. We live by faith in God’s promises, and understand that He is there is to help us in every circumstance – and so we are able to maintain peace, joy, confidence, and optimism even in the worst of circumstances. The proof of this is God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, and the eternal promises that are ours in Him.  So let us continue to “hear” and “do” His Word – and urge others around us to do the same.  There is no greater love or civic good that we can do.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, You have blessed our nation in the past – not only with victory over our enemies, but with an abundance of crops, natural resources, and blessings. Your greatest blessing has been the humble faith and piety that You have imbued so many with. Grant repentance, and restoration of these spiritual blessings so that our nation may continue as a beacon of hope, goodness, and righteousness to the world. Amen.