March 3, 2009 - Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today's Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 7:11-8:12; St. Mark 3:20-35

For He says, ‘In an acceptable time, I listened to you and in a day of salvation, I have helped you.’ Behold now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. Everything God does, He does to save you. Faith believes that fact, clings to it. Faith refuses to believe anything else!

Faith believes that God is always working things out for our good. He takes the stuff around us--the good and the bad--and uses it all to rescue us.

God is not like a clockmaker who makes a watch then sets it aside to watch it tick. He doesn’t set creation in motion and then let us fight out our stuff on our own. That’s not how Faith speaks.

Faith believes God’s Word. The Father hears your prayers. He hears your cries for mercy. He picks the best way to answer--the way that saves you from yourself. He decides for the best time to answer with just the right answer. He’s going to do good for you. Not some time later, but even right now. He’s doing good for you. Faith holds God to His promise to save you.

His help, His answer, your salvation, is not in some far off time. It’s not in twenty years. It’s not even in five. It’s today. Today is the day of His salvation. Today is the day that He swoops in and delivers you. Faith believes that today is the day of salvation.

Faith believes, but you don’t, do you? You don’t actually believe He’s going to answer you, let alone save you. Admit it. Confess it. It’s why you do the things you do. It’s why you live the way you live. You don’t believe that today is the day of salvation. You don’t really believe that now is the time He’s listening to your prayers.

Repent. Give up your doubts and despair for Lent. Turn them over to God. The Father has already shown you His love, His mercy, His care in Christ. He cares for you. He really does. Just look at the wounds of Christ! Beaten, bruised, crushed, thorns, and nails. He must want you to be saved, He must want to rescue you--not some time later, but right now.

Not tomorrow, today. Now later today, but now. For now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!

The Word they still shall let remain Nor any thanks have for it; He’s by our side upon the plain With His good gifts and Spirit. And take they our life, Goods, fame, child and wife, Though these all be gone, Our vict’ry has been won; The Kingdom ours remaineth.” (LSB 656 vs 4)