Today’s Reading: Isaiah 42:14-21
“They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, You are our gods.” – Isaiah 42:17
Jesus Christ is the one who has come to enlighten both the Jew and the Gentile. He was sent first to His own people who would not hear His Word. They trusted in other gods. Those who have turned to other gods are those who will utterly be put to shame.
Luther says that whatever it is that we trust in, that is what will become our God. For many it is the good deeds that they perceive that they have done. Still for others, sports and family eclipse the need that we have to be enlightened and led forth by the light of Christ.
This Lenten season is a perfect time to once again recall that it is the Word of God, which both opens our eyes and our ears in order that we might behold our salvation, which rests on the firm foundation of Christ alone. “The Lord was pleased, for His righteousness’ sake, to magnify His law and make it glorious.” The one who leads us out of our blindness is the one in whom we find our righteousness. In the Divine Service, we receive His Word and are enlightened unto eternal life through Him by the forgiveness of sins.
Prayer: Your name be hallowed. Help us, Lord, in purity to keep Your Word, that to the glory of Your name we walk before you free from blame. Let no false teaching us pervert; all poor deluded souls convert (Our Father, Who from Heaven Above, LSB 766:2).
This devotion was written by Rev. Andrew Gray – Pastor of St. John Lutheran in Marengo.