Devotion for May 28, 2017

Meditation for the Week of May 28, 2017

Does not wisdom call?
  Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
    At the crossroads she takes her stand;
Beside the gates in front of the town,
   At the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
    And my cry is to the children of man.                    -Proverbs 8:1-4

Jesus once asked his disciples who people thought he was.  They told him about the rumors they heard:  that Jesus was Elijah, or that Jesus was one of the prophets of old.  Then Jesus stopped talking about the word on the street and instead asked about the disciples’ faith.  Who do the disciples say Jesus is?  Peter speaks up:  “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

Then Jesus blesses Peter, but he doesn’t compliment him.  Jesus doesn’t praise Peter’s intelligence or insightfulness.  Jesus doesn’t express amazement at Peter’s keen perception.  Instead, he instructs Peter on the true source of heavenly wisdom: God.  “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 16:17)

The truthful things we know about God are revealed to us from God himself.  And God has revealed himself as Triune—one God, yet three Persons.  No person is above or below another.  They are in perfect unity, yet distinct from one another.

God has made it known that he is your Heavenly Father, who created you, sustains you, and provides for you.  He gives you the knowledge that you are his beloved son or daughter by faith.  You did not attain this wisdom, but this wisdom was given to you from above.

God has made it known to you that he is your Savior, Jesus Christ.  He was born among us, taking on our human flesh.  He took your deadly sins and shed his blood for them.  He died on the cross, but then rose again from the dead! (He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!).  He ascended into heaven, but will return to bring you to himself forever.

God has made it known to you that he is your Comforter and Advocate.  The Holy Spirit was sent to you from the Father and the Son.  He leads you into all wisdom, guides you into holy living, and continually points you toward the joys of Jesus. The Holy Spirit grants you hope, courage, and peace.  He unites you to Jesus and keeps you with him forever.

Human wisdom can’t fully understand the mystery of the Triune God, but God has revealed this to us.  He has also revealed his love for you and the forgiveness of sins that is yours in Jesus.

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in the confession of your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

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