“Higher Things” Reflection for July 14

To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: Do not be silent to me Psalm 28:1 from the Introit for Trinity 6

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We always tend to think that if we could just hear a voice of some sort from God, we could be certain of what He has to say. But the book of Hebrews tells us that in these last days, God has spoken to us by His Son Hebrews 1:2. That means whatever God has to say, He’s told us through Jesus. And if we would hear Jesus, then we have His Word in the Scriptures and preached and taught in His church.

Tomorrow we’ll go to the Divine Service to hear God—not in some strange, whispery voice in the back of our heads or in some dreams or strange experiences. In the Divine Service, the Lord speaks to us through His Word. The Word in the Scriptures. The Word in the liturgy and hymns. The Word spoken in Holy Absolution. The Word preached in the sermon. The Word spoken over the bread and wine.

And what does that Word say? It tells us what we need most of all to hear: that Christ has died for your sins and is risen from the dead. That all that stands between you and God is forgiven. That you will be raised on the Last Day. That for Jesus sake, nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can separate you from God’s love.

If we cried out to God and He didn’t answer us, we wouldn’t know whether He is for us or against us. We could never be sure what his heart is toward us. If we think God should speak to us through some strange voice in our heads or visions or something like that, we could never be sure of what He’s saying.

But the Lord speaks through Christ and Christ through His Word in His church. There we can be certain of what God has to say: Your sins are forgiven. We go to the Divine Service to cry out to God and to hear Him. He is not silent, but full of words that save and forgive and comfort and give life. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Here stands the font before our eyes, Telling how God has received us. The altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice And what His Supper here gives us. Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim Christ yesterday, today, the same, And evermore, our Redeemer. LSB 645:4

Source: Higher Things : July 14, 2012 – Saturday of the Fifth Week after Trinity.