They Ask, but Do They Want the Answer…..????

Devotional/Discussion thought of the Day::Dawn at Concordia

25  In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 21:25 (NLT) 

14  Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15  Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.       Ephesians 4:14-15 (NLT) 

8    Serenity. Why lose your temper if by losing it you offend God, you trouble your neighbor, you give yourself a bad time … and in the end you have to set things aright, anyway?

Several times in the last week, people have asked for my professional opinion on things, or asked on behalf of a friend or family member.

Because they ask based on my “profession” my answer is bound to scripture, I can only speak where it is clear. I can’t deny scripture, but I also don’t have the authority to speak where scripture is silent.  I can’t guarantee something or give permission for something, and pretend that I have the authority of God behind me.  Why? The same for every pastor and priest.  We don’t have the authority on our own.

We can offer comfort, correction, advise, but even that is to be in line with God’s word. with what He has revealed to us.  If people want me to speculate, I suppose I could, but I have to know they will hear it that way. The very way the question is asked, leads me to believe it won’t happen.

We all oftne want to play God, or as I said Sunday, put on our Father in Heaven’s shoes.  We want to do what we want, to believe what seems right in our own eyes. We want God’s comfort, but not His correction.  We want His presence, but only if He can live with our standards, our expectations, our definitions of what is right and moral, and what is true.

Enter the pastor, the priest, and every other minister of the Christ. They who are tasked with speaking for HIm, pointing people to His peace, the peace that is tied to His mercy, forgiveness, compassion and the transformation that occurs in His presence.   You want to know God is with you as you deal with trauma, even the trauma of the valley of the shadow of death?  That we can do, we can point ot the cross.  You want to know that God will wipe away every tear, we’re there, showing you the passage in Revelation.  You want to know God will help you with temptation, and forgive you and pick you up, cleanse and heal you when you fail?  No problem.  That’s what we do.  That is what we are called to do, to give you real hope in real situations,  To point you not to some false comfort, but the God who is present.  To give you hope along with the comfort, but hope that is based in God’s word, not our speculation.  We will try to do it with all the care we have, even though that sometimes means we have to be blunt.

For us, we embrace the challenge of being there through your stages of grief, the stages of coping with any change.  Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.  We’ll be there ( or we will try) pointing to the reason we have hope, the reasons we know God will keep His promises. The incredible ones that scripture speaks of, guaranteeing   Even when you walk away, ticked off at us, we’ll still try to be there… ready with the words, “the Lord is with you!” and ready to help you pray, “Lord, have mercy on me.”  knowing He has promised to be.

There is your answer, the one that lasts for an eternity…

 

 

 

 

 

Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 182-183). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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