Why Do You Read This Blog? Why Do I Write it?

thoughts to encourage our loving God!

14 Thenk one of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priestsl 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they weighed out thirty pieces of silver for him.m 16 And from that time he started looking for a good opportunity to betray him. Matthew 26:14-16 CSB

The world has now become very sure of itself. It relies on books and thinks that if these are read it knows everything. The devil almost succeeded in getting me, too, to become lazy and secure and to think: ‘Here you have the books. If you read them you’ll have the answers.’ So the fanatics and sacramentarians suppose that because they have read only one little book they know everything. Against such security I pray the catechism every day like my little Hans and ask God to keep me in his dear, holy Word, lest I grow weary of it.”

I am ending the first day of my vacation… and because of a long flight over night, I didn’t get to my devotional readings in the morning as I normally do.

Nor did I ever think about writing the blog, which was once a daily part of my devotions. To be honest, in the last year, it has become more sporadic. Somedays the reading is done, the blog is started, and life gets in the way… and there have been times where that doesn’t happen.

As I read Luther’s words, I wonder why I write, I just don’t want to be another peddler of words, another opinion out there. I started writing to coordinate and think through my readings, trying to see where my blind spots are in my faith, and in my work. I share it because some have said it does the same for them.

So does this blog help you? Or does it just waste time?

Please let me know…. your thoughts

Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 54: Table Talk, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 54 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 163.

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.

Posted on July 26, 2021, in Devotions and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I don’t get as much time on the computer as I used to, so I rarely get to read your blog anymore, but I like the way you write and that you make me think. Sometimes I don’t agree, or perhaps I don’t grasp what you are saying, but sometimes I find it so profound it is like a finding a rare jewel. At those moments I think, “You must write a book!”. So, whether you compile all these blogs into a daily devotional book, or just continue the blog, I think you have something worthwhile to say.

    So maybe it is time to take a break from daily writing and review all the wonderful things you have already written and make them accessible to larger reading audience. Just a thought.

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