Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Thank-you for your patience as I rested and rejuvenated over the past couple months. I can’t tell you what it means to have you join me again!
It is an especially exciting time in the church year as we celebrate Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit to the believers in Christ. For “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in [Jesus’] name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
For this series of devotions, I am going to use the readings for the following Sunday as prescribed by the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) Church Year Calendar-Three-Year-Series. The number of devotions/ weeks have not been determined. I am hoping however, to go through a full calendar year, the Lord willing. With all that being said…
Let’s fill up our coffees and get started…
June 10, 2019
Readings for Sunday, June 16: 1 Sunday after Pentecost- Trinity Sunday
Prov. 8:1–4, 22–36; Psalm 8; Acts 2:14a, 22–36; John 8:48–59
Exalted to the right hand of God, [Jesus] has received from the Father
the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
“Who do you think you are?”
“Who do you think you are?” Have you ever been asked that? It’s one thing if we are acting in arrogance and someone confronts us. However, could you imagine confronting God with such a statement? How arrogant! How self-righteous! Ugh… those pious Pharisees! Yet, don’t we – you and I- do that all the time?
When things don’t go our way, don’t we question our Triune, omniscient and omnipotent, all-knowing and all powerful, God? When we don’t get the answer we want to a prayer, don’t we confront Him? Don’t we lay blame when we find out we have a chronic or life-threatening illness? Don’t we see God according to what we feel will fit our wants and needs? …and if he doesn’t fit our vision, don’t we yell out, “Who do you think you are?” If we are honest, I think we need to say yes; I need to say yes. Therefore, how are these actions and views any different than how the Pharisees saw God and how they saw Jesus? They’re not. Oh Lord, have mercy on us.
To see God rightly, you need to be in his Word and get to know him, get to know his character; His all loving, his all just, his all gracious character. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit together as the one who created, redeemed and keeps you sanctified through faith in Jesus’ salvation. God created every single part of you. He knows you intimately, and he loves all of you. He paid the consequences that your sins deserved because of his love for you. He even chooses to live in you and draw you back to him continuously. It pleases him to bless you inside and out because he loves you so much. Therefore, you can trust in His love, mercy and guidance. There really is no need to question him, ever. But if and when you do, go to him in repentance, trusting in his full and complete forgiveness. And may you shout from the mountain tops, “Do you know who He is? Come, let me tell you.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive me when I question you. Please help me to seek you all aspects of my life, and trust you always, even when I don’t understand why. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!