Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12:1-9

“So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” – Genesis 12:4

Abram believes God, leaves the land of Haran and travels on the path God set before Him to the land of Israel.

It is a journey that over time will have its ups and downs as Abram will enter the land, leave because of drought and then return. Nevertheless, God goes with Him in the promise God made to Abram.

Our Christian life is a proverbial journey. We are traveling through life waiting for Jesus’ return knowing that if we die before He returns our soul rests securely in heaven in the hands of God.

As we journey through life to heaven, we are not alone. Jesus goes with us. He journeys with us not in some mystical magical experience. He leads us with tangible touchable things. First the Word of God tells us of Jesus’ great love for us sinners. Second, the sacrament of Holy Baptism with the Holy Spirit was given as pledge of God’s promises. Third we have the Lord Supper, the body and blood of Christ with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins and strengthening of our faith. All these are found in a most convenient place – the church of God, the local congregation we hear and receive Jesus.

As a reminder of this, we remember the seventh petition of the Lord’s Prayer,

But deliver us from evil.

What does this mean?

We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.

What comfort that Jesus goes with us through the journey of life.

Prayer: A Pilgrim and a Stranger, I journey here below; Far distant is my country, The home to which I go. Here I must toil and travail, Oft weary and opprest; But there my God shall lead me To everlasting rest. (A Pilgrim and a Stranger, TLH 586:1).

This devotion was written by Rev. Christopher Roepke – Pastor of Concordia Lutheran in Burlington, IA.

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