Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 17:40-51

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 13:1-18; Mark 5:1-20

"Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Sabaoth, the God of the armies of Israel...'" (1 Samuel 17:45)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. You are the baptized. For you, the Son of the living God died. Death can't hold you. The grave won't contain you. The devil will never overcome your Baptism. He can't touch you--not in the Cross of Jesus Christ.

The things around you, the Goliaths of this world, all look unbeatable. They roar. They mock you. They belittle you. They beat on you. They persecute you as if they are unconquerable. With sword and javelin and spear, they taunt you.

You don't have power to defeat them. You are out of gas. You are overextended. There's too much to do and not enough you to do it all. You are the can on the road, and life has just rolled over you again How will you ever finish everything?

Today, give up today! No sword's power is going to defeat them. You won't buckle down and Law yourself into winning by any exhorting, cheering, or "you-can-do-its." You know that game and how it ends: death.

David didn't defeat Goliath. Well, he did, but he didn't. David ran up to the front of the battle and shot the stone and it landed in the head of the Philistine. But the Lord did it through David.

The evils you face in this world and all its temptations are already beaten. They lay dead and conquered at the foot of the Cross of your Lord Jesus. You don't have to beat them. He beat them for you.

Breathe. You are baptized. Relax. You are forgiven. One thing at a time. You are redeemed. Focus on what He's giving you to do. Receive His Body and Blood to keep you steadfast in the faith unto life everlasting. First one step and then another. He will carry you, even through death itself.

What if you fail? He won't fail you. He'll take your failures and make them gifts for you. What if you let everyone down? You can't let Him down. You are baptized. His specialty is taking our failures and our let downs and using them to draw us and those around us to Himself.

He's going to save you. In fact, He already has. The battle is already won. You are just living through His victory in your little world. Today, you do what is given you to do. Tomorrow, life everlasting. In between, the forgiveness of sins won by Jesus on the Cross and splashed on you at the font. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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