Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
What blessed and eternal comfort the child of God has in God’s own Word! You see this according to faith, not according to sight, for you live by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). But what kind of faith? The faith that believes that anything is possible? The faith that believes you can do anything you set your mind to? The faith which blindly trusts that all things will work out the way we hope them to?
Such description of faith is not that description of faith revealed by God in His Word. The Christian faith is not “blind.” It trusts in God’s promises. Such faith does not trust in worldly expectations or self expectations, but only on the mercies of God in Christ. Such faith does not believe that anything is possible by oneself or by putting one’s mind to something. It rests on God’s unchangeable and unconditional grace, revealed in Christ. Also, such faith does not rest on false or misguided hopes, for its foundation is God’s Holy and faithful Word.
Such faith as the Christian faith rests squarely on the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And this Gospel is nothing but certain and sure, and not at all because I believe it. The Christian faith rests upon God and His Son. He makes it sure. I do not add anything at all to it, but simply believe it. This, after all, is what Christians do. They confess Christ and believe His Word. And they are sure that God’s Word “abides forever.”
“Christ and His side are weak, and the Gospel is a foolish proclamation. On the other hand, the kingdom of the world and the devil, its prince, are strong; in addition, the wisdom of the flesh is very impressive. But this is our consolation, that the devil with his members cannot accomplish what he wishes. He may trouble many persons, but he cannot destroy the Gospel of Christ. The truth may be endangered, but it cannot perish. It is attacked, but it cannot be conquered; for ‘the Word of the Lord abides forever” (Luther’s Lectures on Galatians, LW 26, p54).
Prayer: Gracious Father, forgive me for doubting Your promises and Your undeserved mercy. Help me at all times to trust in Your Word and be ever sure of Your abundant grace and mercy in Christ. Amen.
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