DayBreaks for 10/10/13 – To Be Sure
It is interesting how powerful a litany of words can be. Poets know it, public speakers know it. So do politicians. Think of these familiar phrases that were repeated over and over in speeches: “I have a dream…”. “Yes, we can!” (from Barack Obama’s campaign). “We shall…” (from one of Churchill’s famous speeches during WW2). “Blessed are….” (from the Sermon on the Mount). Such words and phrases build upon themselves, stirring our hearts and emotions to fever pitches.
Theodore Schneider wrote: “I am always impressed with the litany-like phrases Martin Luther uses in The Small Catechism as petition by petition he explains the Lord’s Prayer:
“To be sure, God’s name is holy itself …To be sure, the kingdom of God comes of itself, without our prayers …To be sure, the good and gracious will of God is done without our prayer …To be sure, God provides daily bread, even to the wicked, without our prayer…
“To be sure, to be sure, to be sure! God’s gifts come to us despite our unfaithfulness and often without our prayers. Paul quotes an ancient Christian hymn in his second letter to Timothy: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13).”
When God decrees something, we can be sure of it. When God promises something, we can be sure of it. When God describes his love for us, we can be sure of it. When he says he will never leave us, we can be sure of it. When he says he draws close to the broken hearted, we can be sure of it.
We never have need to doubt or question him. He will never fail – he simply cannot do so for it would be contrary to his very nature and an utter impossibility.
If you are carrying a burden today, read some of his promises, listen to his character, consider his actions. And make them your own…
To be sure, even when we fail him, he will not fail us!
PRAYER: Thank you, thank you, thank you that we can be totally and unconditionally sure of You, Your words, Your character and Your promises to us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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