Daily Reading: December 19th

#DailyDevotion Jesus will give you what you want. What you deserve or grace and mercy.

December 19th

Read Is 40:1–17

Isa 40:1-10 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (2) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. (3) A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (4) Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. (5) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (6) A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. (7) The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. (8) The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (9) Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (10) Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

O what great mercy, grace and peace the Lord our God wants to bestow on us and does. Even here in Isaiah where His holy people have rejected Him and went after other gods, what words does the Lord our God speak to them and to us? “Comfort, comfort my people,… Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” What the Lord wants to do is comfort, speak tenderly, pardon them and us, end our warfare with sin and death and give us double the good rather than punish us for our sins.

What great precision the author’s of the gospels, inspired by the Holy Spirit place this as fulfillment in the mouth of the Baptist for in his preach he points us to Jesus and says, “Behold your God!” Yes, this prophecy is partially fulfilled in Christ’s life and fully to be fulfilled when he returns. The Word of the Lord stands forever because Jesus is the Word of the Lord and the Word of the Lord is the Lord. He is the eternal One, born in the flesh, crucified on the cross, buried in the tomb, raised from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven, ruling heaven and earth as he awaits his return.

And when our Lord Jesus Christ returns, his recompense is with him. Mercy, grace, peace, love, forgiveness, immorality are his rewards for those who trusted in the message, yes even in his name for salvation. As much as we deserve double the punishment for our sins he gives us double the pleasure and double the fun, so great is his mercy is towards those who fear, love and trust in him.

But to those who reject him, who reject his gifts, his love, his mercy, his kindness, his forgiveness, who only want what they deserve, he most certainly will give them what they deserve. Without prejudice, in pure justice and equity, what they want and deserve shall be given to them.

Lord Jesus Christ, when you return, do not give us what we deserve but reward us according to your mercy, grace, kindness, and love demands. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 18th

#DailyDevotion Don’t reject the Way of Holiness. It is Jesus.

December 18th

Read Is 34:1–2, 8—35:10

Isa 35:1-10 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; (2) it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. (3) Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. (4) Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”… (10) And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The comparison of what will happen to Edom and what will happen to Zion are stark. Edom being that which the Lord hates. The Lord hates Edom because it is the world which does not trust in His Christ, our Lord Jesus. So Edom will be utterly destroyed at the Lord Jesus Christ’s return. Surely, now is the time of repentance. The Lord Jesus has sent his disciples into the world proclaiming the day of the Lord and the kingdom of our God. Now the pardons from God are given out. Free forgiveness for all our sins, guilt, iniquities and evil is available for all. Yes, it is for all. But for those who reject the gift, know this, they have rejected the One who won and bought that gift for them with his own blood. If they don’t want to be with Jesus for all eternity with his love and the Father’s love, there is only one other place left. That is the wasteland of the lake of fire for all eternity.

But for those who hear and receive the gift with gladness; there is love, grace, forgiveness and every good thing, most especial Jesus and our Father. Jesus has come once to give us a sign of his kingdom. The deaf heard, the blind saw, the lame leaped for joy. The outcast were brought in and the poor heard the good news. When Jesus comes again, he comes with vengeance and he will recompense those who rejected him and those who received him.

Those who received him will gain a place, Zion. Its highway is Holiness. No harm shall ever come to those who pass on that way. It will be a place of plenty and every good thing shall be found there. We who have been ransomed by the Lord who trusted in this ransom shall come on that day with singing, everlasting joy shall be upon us. We shall obtain gladness and joy and sorrow and sighing shall flee away because we shall see our God as he is and we shall be like him and we shall know what it is like to be one with our God in Christ Jesus.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us faith in the ransom you have provided for us that we may enter into Zion on the highway of your Holiness. In your name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 17th

#DailyDevotion If you want to live in peace, have the Fear of the Lord

December 17th

Read Is 33:1–24

Isa 33:2-4, 14-23,24 O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. (3) At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, (4) and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon…14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?” (15) He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, (16) he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.21 But there the LORD in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass. (22) For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us. (24) And no inhabitant will say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

The world is pretty crazy out there. We can see that by the number of TV shows, websites, and blogs of doomsday preppers, end of the world as we know it and the like. So much is this the popular thought even Walmart has prepper food kits in the isles. That is not to say it wouldn’t be prudent to be prepared somewhat for whatever natural disasters regularly hit your area, tornadoes, ice-storms, earthquakes or hurricanes. Even normal financial advisers say you should have six months of salary in a savings account. So why wouldn’t you have a year’s supply of food in the cupboard?

Well there is being prepared and there is being afraid. The Christian, like the believers in Isaiah’s day, waited for the Lord. They expected the Lord to be gracious to them and be their arm or salvation every morning and time of trouble. We, like them, are to look to Jesus to be our stability of our days. From Jesus we are to exalt the Lord and fill the land with justice and righteousness. The Fear of the Lord is to be our treasure. The fear of the Lord is: Psa 34:13-14 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. (14) Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Pro 2:1-5 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, (2) making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; (3) yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, (4) if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, (5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Pro 8:13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

When we are putting our trust in Jesus then we have to look forward to the fulfillment of the promises given here. When we fear the Lord we need not fear the times. We know the reward promised to all who fear, love and trust in the Lord and our Father has given us Jesus that we may know His love and care for us that we may trust Him.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit that we may fear you as we ought. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 16

#DailyDevotion Need a hiding place, a shelter, a cool stream or shade? Trust in Jesus.

December 16th

Read Is 32:1–20

Isa 32:1-8 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. (2) Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. (3) Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention. (4) The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly. (5) The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrel said to be honorable. (6) For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink. (7) As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil; he plans wicked schemes to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right. (8) But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.

We have a king now who reigns in righteousness. His name is Jesus. He reigns at the right hand of the Father. He is the one who rules in justice. On the day of trouble, whether it be afflictions of the flesh, the mind or the soul, Jesus is our hiding place. As Christians we are afflicted on every side directly and indirectly, because we cannot but look at our world and not be concerned for it and its inhabitants.

The storms of doubt and uncertainty will come upon us from those who are fools and ignoble. They try many crafty tricks to get you to doubt your faith and what the Scriptures say. But if you turn to Christ and his word, he will shelter you from their attacks. They think they are smart interpreting and reading the bible like a 2nd grader not recognizing modes of speech, literary genres and the like. But if you stick with Jesus, he will enlighten your soul to the truth.

As the trials and tribulations of this world and even your own flesh cause you to be weary, Jesus in his word will be to as a streams of refreshing water and the shade of the day. Do not wallow in your misery but turn to Christ Jesus and he will refresh your soul.

In the Word of God, your eyes will see, your ears will hear, you will understand and know when your trust is in Christ Jesus. For he gives you his Holy Spirit in the word so it may benefit you. And you having been edified by his word will be able stand against the fool of this world.

The fools of this world revel in their own intelligence, their own understanding which leaves them and all who listen to them thirsty, craving and unsatisfied. What they think, believe and teach others is like shifting sands with no foundation. They like to appear to be good but they will stab you in the back if it will benefit them. Ultimately they are utterly turned inwardly. Their end will be destruction.

Lord Jesus Christ, be the king and prince of our hearts that we may stand against all those to strive against us having you as our rock, shelter and hiding place, our stream and shade on the day of trouble. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 15th

#DailyDevotion Who or What is Your Rock You Daily Depend Upon?

December 15th

Read Is 30:27—31:9

Isa 30:29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. ..31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD! (2) And yet he is wise and brings disaster; he does not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evildoers and against the helpers of those who work iniquity….8 “And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man; and a sword, not of man, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be put to forced labor. (9) His rock shall pass away in terror, and his officers desert the standard in panic,” declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Israel and Judah is to have only One Rock. That Rock is the Lord. At this time, Judah in particular is looking to Egypt as a rock to deliver them from the Assyrians. But the Lord had told the people of Israel not to make treaties with the nations but to rely upon Him alone. God’s holy people were not to put their trust in princes or horses, they were not to look to mediums or sorcerers for help. They were to look to the Lord of Hosts from deliverance from all her enemies. They were to look the Lord for wisdom and for consultation. But they did not.

Instead they formed all sorts of alliances and looked to other gods and spiritualist for help in their troubles. God lets them know, these will not help them. Ultimately, for the sake of His name, the Lord delivers the people of Judah and Jerusalem from the hand of the Assyrians though they do not put their trust in Him. He still has plans for Judah. Our promised messiah, Jesus Christ, is to come from them. So he destroys the rock which they looked to for help. Egypt flees back to her country. Even the Assyrians after the destruction of the ten northern tribes fell by the sword as the Lord had foretold.

The question then for us today, who or what is our Rock? Who do we consult in times of trouble? Do we look to the government (princes), the military (horses and chariots), wealth, drugs, sex, rock and roll, alcohol, credit, or any other created thing? These will all fail us. They will turn on us and take control of us. Such reliances turn us into addicts of one sort of another.

Yet when we turn to the Lord our God and the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ, we will find our peace. Jesus Christ alone is to be our Rock in all our circumstances of life. He will give us joy in our sorrow. He promises ultimate deliverance from all our enemies. He shall guide us in all our ways so that we may sing and have gladness of heart. True we may still have to deal with all the effects of having turned away from him, but he gives us what we need to deal with it. He clears a path to restoration. Jesus grants us wisdom and intercedes for us. The problems of this world will not carry us away for he grants us strength to just stand and bear with the world on the day of trouble. On Christ the solid Rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

O Lord Jesus Christ, our Rock and our Redeemer, grant us such faith in you that we turn away from relying on any created thing or person, that on the day of trouble our afflictions shall not sweep us away but instead stand solidly upon your promises. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 14th

#DailyDevotion With rest in Jesus we are saved. In quietness in trust is our strength.

December 14th

Read Is 30:15–26

Isa 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,… 18 Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (19) For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. (20) And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.

When the Lord sends the Assyrians and the Babylonians against Israel and Judah it is because they have called down the curses they pronounced before the Lord before they entered into the promised land in Deuteronomy. While in blessing, one Israelite would chase down a thousand of their enemies under the curse it is the reverse.

Yet the Lord is merciful, kind and forgiving to those who humble themselves before Him in repentance. Hence in verse fifteen it is returning to the Lord in rest that saved them, quietness and trust is their strength. Such are the qualities of repentance and humility towards the Lord. But they would not and they were destroyed, exiled and the like.

But the Lord calls out to all nations now to be joined with Abraham’s children and become Abraham’s children through the same. We are called to return to the Lord our God Jesus Christ. We are to repent our of sins by admitting our guilt and rest in the work of Christ Jesus on the cross. We are not to exercise ourselves in trying to win our redemption from God but instead in quietness and trust the faith of Jesus Christ shall be our strength for all our strength and works have failed. They can never quiet our consciences and hearts before the Almighty.

The Lord’s people, Christians, though we may cry out in adversity for the day, while we eat the bread of adversity and drink the water of affliction, we are not abandoned. Jesus hears our cries and answers us. His great mercy and kindness has already delivered us from this vale of tears. We only wait to see it with our own eyes. On the day of his, Jesus’ return God shall be gracious to us. It is his exaltation to be merciful to us. We shall be made whole. Our guilt and shame shall we carried away and seen no more. We will dwell in the presence of the Almighty, under his protection and will sin no more. No more shall sickness, disease or death afflict us. No more shall the powers of the air attack us or tempt us. There shall be no more darkness for the Father and the Lamb shall be our light, our Teacher and guide. But now we shall wait patiently with the gifts He has bestowed upon us, His Word and His sacraments, to strengthen, enlighten us and to preserve us.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, ever grant to us your Holy Spirit, that we may return to you through faith in your Son Jesus Christ, and rest in his works, in quietness, receiving strength to endure all things by the works of the cross and the resurrection until such time as you exalt yourself in graciousness and mercy at the time of the revealing of Christ a second time on the day of his coming. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 13th

December 13th

Read Is 29:15—30:14

Isa 29:15 Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” (16) You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?…19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel…22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale. (23) For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.

Yes, there is a reason people commit wickedness at night and there’s a reason you turn out the light when you’re doing stuff you’re not supposed to be doing. You, I and they don’t think God can see in the dark. We think God cannot see our dark misdeeds. But with God even darkness is light.

The world thinks God is upside down, unfair, unjust and simply out of date. It is not hard to see this accusation against not only God but his Church that has his Word. But the Word is an offense to them because it exposes their deeds as darkness and shows they have no understanding. If they understood, they would repent and turn to the Lord for forgiveness. As it is, they deny the Lord has made them and all creation. They shall find out they are wrong.

But there is good news for the meek and poor before the Lord. Jesus expounds upon this in the Gospels. While the world thinks it must take the world by force, the Lord promises it to those who are meek. Indeed they shall have “fresh joy in the Lord.” This is more than happiness which is fleeting but is an abiding sense that everything is going to be alright. Its root is trust in the promises of God fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Those who are poor, particularly poor in spirit shall “exult in the Holy One of Israel.” That Holy One is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is in Christ Jesus the poor are made rich in righteousness. Jesus gives all he has to those who belong to him. We shall see that wealth on the Last Day.

Jacob was ashamed of his children as they turn away from the Lord, from the Fear of Isaac, and turned towards that which is not God, the God of Abraham. But on the last day, his shame shall be taken away. He shall see his children, all those who put their trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the Holy One of Jacob, the God of Israel, and he shall rejoice. The nations who have the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lord shall be descendants, children, a blessing to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The hands of Christ Jesus have accomplished this. Do not lose heart in the midst of a world turned upside down those whose hope is the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus Christ, in a world turned upside down by the sinfulness of man, turn our hearts right side up that we may meek and poor before you, humble ourselves before your glory that you may exalt us at the proper time and grant us encouragement that we may stand on the day of your advent. Amen.


Daily Reading: December 12th

December 12th

Read Is 29:1–14

Isa 29:2-7 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be moaning and lamentation, and she shall be to me like an Ariel. (3) And I will encamp against you all around, and will besiege you with towers and I will raise siegeworks against you. (4) And you will be brought low; from the earth you shall speak, and from the dust your speech will be bowed down; your voice shall come from the ground like the voice of a ghost, and from the dust your speech shall whisper. (5) But the multitude of your foreign foes shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the ruthless like passing chaff. And in an instant, suddenly, (6) you will be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire. (7) And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, all that fight against her and her stronghold and distress her, shall be like a dream, a vision of the night.

A twofold prophecy is given in these words. One is a word for the not too distant future of Jerusalem from Isaiah’s time. The other concerning the end of days. Verses 1-4 particularly deal with the time of the Babylonians when the Lord shall send the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem, kill its inhabitants and send into exile those who survive. This would happen to Jerusalem because while they may honor the Lord with their lips, their hearts are far from him. They neither fear, love or trust in the Lord their God. Other gods and other nations possess the devotion of their hearts.

Verses 5-7 though refer to the end of days. In this we can take some comfort. For we need not fear a world war of nations against nations destroying the earth. No, on the last day, the Lord shall have the nations gathered before him for battle. The nations shall encircle Jesus’ Zion, his Ariel, his Jerusalem, that is his church. They shall gather against the Church to destroy her and against Jesus to cast of his yoke. But with the breath of his mouth, our Lord Jesus Christ shall lay to waste the nations which fight against him.

The nations will be like dust and chaff. His fire shall consume them all in an instant. They shall be like a dream that is quickly forgotten. We don’t need to look for the nations gathering against the modern city of Jerusalem. That is not the Jerusalem he is talking about. It is you, his Church that he is talking about. This calls for perseverance on your part. You must endure the tribulation which you are going to be going through. But do not fear. Jesus promises to end that time before you lose heart. So be determined in your mind now that you would risk all, even your own life for the confession of the name of Jesus. When you do our Lord Jesus has these promises for you: Rev 2:7 … I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ Rev 2: 10-11 … I will give you the crown of life. (11)…[you] will not be hurt by the second death.’ Rev 2:17 … I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ Rev 2:26-27 … I will give authority over the nations, (27) and he will rule them with a rod of iron,… even as I myself have received authority from my Father. Rev 3:5 [you] will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. Rev 3:12 …I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. Rev 3:21 … I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Great and wonderful are your promises O Lord. May they keep us steadfast in the faith unto the end when you return for us. In your name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 11th

December 11th

Read Is 28:14–29

Isa 28:14-16 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem! (15) Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”; (16) therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’… 21 For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim; as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused; to do his deed—strange is his deed! and to work his work—alien is his work! (22) Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction from the Lord GOD of hosts against the whole land. (23) Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech.

Do you think the Israelites and the Jews thought they were making a pack with death and Sheol as they turned away from the Lord their God? Probably not. They probably didn’t give it a second thought. Just like many Christians today who have turned away from their faith and adopted strange beliefs and teachings which are not scriptural and many times perversions of Scripture. They don’t think what they are doing is making a covenant with death and hell. Yet they like the Israelites before them are doing just that.

These people probably think they’re good people. Most people do think they are good people. They go to work, take care of their family and help their neighbor. Most people probably think those people are good people. They haven’t wronged them, yet.

But most people think nothing of breaking the commandments: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Why is that? Because we don’t see anyone getting hurt by breaking these commandments. But it does hurt someone. It hurts God. It breaks his heart to see his creation following false gods, not keeping his name pure and worshiping creation instead of his Son Jesus.

For those who refuse God’s Son, Jesus of Nazareth, God will do his alien work. That work is to punish and destroy. He doesn’t desire the destruction of man or see him perish in the fires of hell. That’s why he sent Jesus. But he will do it though it is alien for him to do so.

So that we may not perish and so we may trust in the Lord our God, our Father in heaven has sent his rock. He has “has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’” This is Jesus Christ our Lord. See his promise. Whoever believes in him will not be destroyed but will live forever. This promise is for you. You can trust in it.

Heavenly Father, turn away your anger from us, your alien work and do your proper work among us, granting us faith in your Son Jesus Christ, that we may receive from you grace, mercy, peace, forgiveness, salvation and life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.