Thursday, February 17, 2011

Let Not the Devil and the World Deceive You with Their Show


Lord, I am so grateful You know me better than I do and that You direct my steps. Otherwise, I would be getting myself in way over my head!

I do not know about anyone else but I am notorious for "thinking big" and trying to execute it!  I have these plans of grander but thankfully, God is MUCH wiser than I am and He closes doors and guides me down paths that are infinitely better for me.  Not to say I always understand or accept changes gracefully---that is usually not the case---but I recognize it for what it is and am overjoyed I have a God who invests so much time and love into little ol' me...for His glory!

I just read a quote that struck a chord with me.  It said,
If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.  (Bonhoeffer)

I guess I wonder that sometimes...did I go the wrong way?  Did I walk through the incorrect door?  But I feel that would be to doubt God...to say, "Hey thanks for all you have given me but I think there has been some kind of mistake.  This is not blessed."

The Large Catechism of Martin Luther states this, 
Saul was a great king, chosen of God and a godly man; but when he was established on his throne, and let his heart decline from God, and put his trust in his crown and power, he had to perish with all that he had, so that none even of his children remained. David, on the other hand, was a poor, despised man, hunted down and chased, so that he nowhere felt secure of his life; yet he had to remain in spite of Saul, and become king. For these words had to abide and come true, since God cannot lie or deceive. Only let not the devil and the world deceive you with their show, which indeed remains for a time, but finally is nothing.

Let us, then, learn well the First Commandment, that we may see how God will tolerate no presumption nor any trust in any other object, and how He requires nothing higher of us than confidence from the heart for everything good, so that we may proceed right and straightforward and use all the blessings which God gives no farther than as a shoemaker uses his needle, awl, and thread for work, and then lays them aside, or as a traveler uses an inn, and food, and his bed only for temporal necessity, each one in his station, according to God's order, and without allowing any of these things to be our food or idol. Let this suffice with respect to the First Commandment, which we have had to explain at length, since it is of chief importance, because, as before said, where the heart is rightly disposed toward God and this commandment is observed, all the others follow.

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