Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday of Lent 1

On Eagles’ Wings LSB 727
Psalm 91:1-12; Psalm 103:5

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
Who abide in His shadow for life
Say to the Lord: “My refuge,
My rock in whom I trust!”
And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine life the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

There are countless times throughout the Scriptures when we find Jesus abandoned, alone wrestling. The In the wilderness He was tempted by the Devil and afterwards, angels came and attended Him. – Matthew 4:11 In the garden, His will to follow the Father’s plan is tested. He understood what lay ahead.  So He prayed.

He asked the Father. Requesting a different path. Yet He prayed, “Nevertheless not my will be Thine be done.” – Luke 22:42 Later, we see Jesus on the cross lamenting, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” –Matthew 27:46

Many times, Jesus was alone. In the wilderness, He is confronted by the Devil and no-one else. In the garden, His companions went to sleep. At His arrest, they scatter.  On the cross, He was isolated from the crowd. And, He is mocked by them.

There are often times in which we feel abandoned, tempted, and tested.  We too might have feelings of abandonment. There may be times in which we find ourselves isolated from others or from the outside world.  When those times of testing come to whom shall we go? We go to Him who has experienced all this and so much more.  Never shall you come into such a position that Christ cannot help you. He has gone before you. He has experienced all this and so much more.

But more than knowing of your experience He also provides you with His mercy and strength. He has promised to sustain and provide. Nothing can ever befall you without His knowledge of what you are experiencing and the means to sustain you along the journey. No matter how long it might be in duration His provisions will always sustain you. His mercies are new to you each day. When you are embraced in Jesus’s love and put all your trust in Him, nothing can harm you.

Lord Jesus Christ, when tempted by the devil, You remained true to Your Father, who commanded His angels to watch over You. Guard Your church from the plague of sin, so that we may remain faithful to You until the day when we enjoy the fullness of Your salvation; for You live and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.[1] 

[1] For All the Saints, Collet for Psalm 91; © 1994 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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