Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Deuteronomy 32:39: “[God is speaking to Moses], ‘See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.' "
God has it all. There is nothing that God doesn't know. There is nothing that God cannot do. Then why do we fixate on one side of what God knows and does?
We gravitate to all the death and destruction in the world and we blame God for it. We are pulled to the "guilty" judgement of God. We think that God is arbitrary, judgemental, angry, and one-sided. No wonder people do not think that God is love.
We don't see the other side of God. We don't see that God brings life, healing, restoration, and salvation. We don't see that God is fair, balanced, strong, and loving. Why don't we?
It's because we're sinners. We are incapable of knowing God as who He fully is. Because we are sinners, conceived in that condition, we can't see God as the one who takes away life AND gives life. We don't see God letting injury happen WHILE AT THE SAME TIME bringing healing and strength. Because of our root sinfulness we are unable to experience the deliverance from sin and death to life right now in God as well as eternally.
AND YES! There is a way to break away from sin. His name is Jesus. Jesus came and gave His life for our lives. Jesus rose and we rise with Him to live today as well as forever. WHEN WE BELIEVE by means of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, we now see God as He truly is. We experience God in all of who He is. Through faith we see God as He truly is. The wages of sin is death. Believing in Jesus and what He did brings life. God allows injuring and hurts. He also brings healing and strength through the Word of Life and people who care. God always loves, always nurtures, and always cares. Through faith in God, who is Father, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, we see Him more fully and joyously. Dear God, lead our hearts and minds to see You as who You really are, Amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.