Sat. March 16

Saturday March 16, 2019

Today’s Focus                      The Second section of the Lord’s prayer

Today’s Scripture Reading                         Matthew 6:19-34

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Daily Reflection         Luther’s explanation on the 2nd of three petitions of the Lord’s prayer

 The Fourth Petition
            Give us today our daily bread.

What does this mean?
            In fact, God gives daily bread without our prayer, even to all evil people, but we ask in this prayer that God cause us to recognize what our daily bread is and to receive it with thanksgiving.

When then does “Daily bread mean?”
            Everything included in the  necessities and nourishment for our bodies, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, farm, fields, livestock, money, property, and upright spouse, upright children, upright members of the household, upright and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, decency, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

The Fifth Petition
            Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

What does this mean?
            We ask in this prayer that our heavenly Father would not regard our sins nor deny these petitions on their account, for we are worthy of nothing for which we ask, nor have we earned it.  Instead we ask that God would give us all things by grace, for we sin daily and indeed deserve only punishment.  So, on the other hand, we, too, truly want to forgive heartily and to do good gladly to those who sin against us.

The Sixth Petition
            Save us from the time of trial.

What does this mean?
            It is true that God tempts no one, but we ask in this prayer that God would preserve and keep us, so that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins, and that, although we may be attacked by them, we may finally prevail and gain the victory.

Some questions for reflection

  • What are some of your “daily breads” that you might take for granted?
  • If we truly believe that all our sins find forgiveness in the cross of Jesus Christ, why does it seem so difficult for us to allow ourselves to actually feel forgiven?
  • In your own life, what makes it so difficult to forgive people who have sinned against you?

Today’s discipleship challenge

  • Talk within your group or with someone you trust about the challenges of feeling forgiven by God and sharing forgiveness with others. Be as honest as you can be knowing that our God knows our hearts, feels our pains, and loves us all!

 Today’s prayer

Gracious God, have mercy on me.  I confess that I have turned from You and given myself into the power of sin at various times on this day.  I am truly sorry and humbly repent.  In Your compassion forgive my sins, those I know about and those that are unknown.  Turn my heart again to You and uphold me by Your loving Spirit, so that I may live and serve You in newness of life through Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord.  Amen.

3 thoughts on “Sat. March 16

  1. Lisa

    Today I was really struck by the reading….especially Matthew vs. 25-30. I am always worrying about how I’m going to pay for things. Just a few days ago my daughter told me she had hit “rock bottom” financially. I had to turn my head and laugh. She began to tell me how she was having trouble juggling her finances AND going out with her friends. I said “Honey, you have no idea what rock bottom is until you wonder which bills get paid this month or if you only get to eat 1 meal a day.”

    Over the past 50+ years of my life, I have never once gone hungry. I have never gone without warm clothes. I have never gone without a warm bed. But I still worry. I suppose it’s the mom in me. I am only human….

    Also…in all of these readings there is always something about forgiveness, which tugs at my heart.
    I have been holding onto something for most of my life. There are times when it gets heavier than others. There have been times when the person does something to make it worse. And I just can’t let it go. Pastor made a suggestion at bible study to write it down and then burn it. I don’t know if that would help. Why can’t I forgive? I have been forgiven. I guess I have a lot to think about……

    Thank you all for this blog!

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  2. Mel Olenwine

    This scripture from Matthew has been a favorite of mine. It has always given great comfort when I’m stressing about money or health, or the kids, or SOMETHING, and money seems to lead the worry parade.
    And I truly don’t know why; looking back on my life God has always provided for me and my family, and through the times I thought I wouldn’t make it through, something always changed the picture eventually. In fact, I am blessed and have more than a human really should. Pastor Kaffine’s signature statement “Live simply so that others can simply live…” is always somewhere in the back of my mind, and when I look at the super rich and think how THEY are living in excess, I know in my heart most of the world could look at little old me and think the very same thing about me. We in the U.S. are among the richest 6% of the population (I could have made that up) and still we sometimes act like it’s just not enough. In the end, it’s people that mean the most, not our “stuff”. Seek the kingdom of God. Seek the kingdom of God.

    Can worry add a single minute to your life? Nope. Tomorrow will bring its own worries, today’s trouble is enough for today. That always seems to be enough to get me through another day 🙂

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