Friday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 11:26-12:12; Matthew 12:22-37

"But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go. (Deuteronomy 12:5)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Where do you go to find God? People try to find the Lord in lots of different places to learn something about Him. Some people go out in nature. They see mountains and sunsets and imagine that God is loving and beautiful. But what about tornadoes and tsunamis and earthquakes? What is God then?

Others seek God in their experiences. When things go well, they think they are blessed. When they have money and a job and good health, they assume the Lord is happy with them and looking out for them. Except what happens if they get sick? Lose their job? Suffer some tragedy? Has God turned on them?

Still others seek God in their feelings. If they get a "warm fuzzy" when pondering God, they figure they have found God and can "feel" or "know" His presence. But what happens when they don't have that feeling? Has God abandoned them?

God came to us in the flesh, in Christ. If you want to see God, then behold Jesus, who is true God and man. And what does Jesus teach us about God? That He takes away our sins and doesn't count our wrongs against us. That He rescues us from death and hell and gives us everlasting life.

And where do we find this Jesus? In the water of the font. In the Absolution given in His church. In the Word read and preached and taught. In His very Body and Blood on the altar and in our mouths. These are the sure places Christ has promised to be, to forgive your sins and give you life.

With such a Savior and such gifts from Him, it doesn't matter what nature is doing, or what is happening in our lives, or how we feel--the truth of God's promise, that nothing can snatch us from His hand, can never be contradicted. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

My heart has now become Thy dwelling, O blessed, holy Trinity. With angels I, Thy praises telling, Shall live in joy eternally. Lord, may Thy body and Thy blood Be for my soul the highest good! (Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior, LSB 619:5)

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