READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 25:8-27
Psalms: Psalms 120,121, 122, 123
New Testament: Romans 10:1-13
Gospel: John 9:18-41
Evening Psalms: Psalms 124, 125, 126, 127
”If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
What you believe—and what you do. How close are they?
Reading about how God warned His people, in today’s Old Testament reading (Jeremiah 25:8-27), about their behavior and the consequences they’d suffer for not following His words made me recall growing up in my own family household. Rules were stated by my Dad. I either followed them — or not. My Mother generally enforced the punishment, offered the praise, or presented the reward.
I loved my parents, and I recognized their authority in my life, but my strong will to be independent and in control sometimes led me to do what I wanted to instead of following the rules, despite the consequences. So, consequently, I sometimes got grounded, lost car privileges, or even got spanked. Sound familiar? We all mess up, repent, and fall back in line, and after a while the cycle seems to repeat itself – at least it did for me.
I am, and have been, a stubborn person who wants to be and do good, but I also strive to be in charge. When I fail, I look for guidance. I make mistakes, I admit them, and I have been forgiven by loving parents and by a loving God. The question is — do I improve? Do I come closer to combining what I’ve been told to do, what I believe I should do, and what I actually do? Do I? In Romans, I learned that all people are subject to God. If I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord and then say or show the same with my actions, I believe that I will be saved.
Praise God for being patient and forgiving — over and over and over again. Amen.