HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Good morning! It’s May 12th- it’s time for a Daily Dose of Good News! So just look outside, because it is stunning out here! So, a little hint of what God has in store for us this morning in our Biblical text- which is from Proverbs 3:5-12. It is a great one to stand on. So, enjoy!
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and He will make straight your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
9 Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of His reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves the one He loves,
as a parent, the child in whom he delights.
Here ends the reading.
And for those of you who were following along, I adjusted that last verse, to make it a bit more inclusive. Because we are all children to our parent God, and everybody is included in that, involved in that, invited in that.
So, for the rest of the passage, this is one of my recent favorites, that I have looked at over and over and over again. Because I don’t know about you, but I like to be smart. I like to think to think I know what I’m doing. I like to potentially be in charge. I like to potentially feel like I have good ideas about something. And what this says is: Can you humble yourself? Can you trust God in all your stuff? Even if it’s not what you expect, even if it makes you look foolish, even if other people shake their heads and don’t understand? Can you trust God? And put all your energy there, all your weight there- and be in that space? I think the idea of: do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. I think that addresses the arrogance that we can have, or at least the arrogance I know I can have, at times. I don’t need to be wise in my own eyes. I just need to trust God.
And to know that God has great good in store for me. Not just good things for my flesh- but healing! That’s a whole, other level! I think that idea of refreshment for your body… I think about how it feels refreshing just to sit outside and soak in the vitamin D sun rays this morning. How it is refreshing- to get an embrace from someone- even if it’s yourself- when you feel starved for that. It is refreshing to get a homemade glass of lemonade when you’re thirsty. That’s what God brings. Healing and refreshment. Those are wonderful things- they’re not just good things- they’re great things!
And I love how God says: I’ll care for you, in abundance, more than you can imagine. More than your expectations. No matter what that looks like. I will care for you- not just meagerly, but I will take care of you in abundance and it talks about these overflowing barns and vats, bursting with good things from God.
And the last portion is about, don’t despise the Lord’s discipline, and as children, I know I just tried to wake up my son for school, and he did not like my discipline. So I just outed him and me there a little bit… but, remember that the Lord loves you and the Lord wants the best for you, and sometimes the Lord does need to correct you and help you be on those straight paths. So trust that.
Know that God has good in store for you, for your healing, for your restoration, for your refreshment, and that is something you can both stand in and rest in but you can put all your trust and weight in that place. Know that God has you and that God loves you. So in all your ways you can acknowledge the greatness of our God. Have a fantastic day everybody! Bye-bye.