Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 40:18-41:10; Revelation 8:1-13
He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. (The Small Catechism: Meaning of the First Article of the Apostle’s Creed, Part 3)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God is my defender. God Himself is my Advocate. I don’t need to worry about what will happen to me. I don’t need to fret about the devil or my sinful flesh dragging me into unbelief. God is going to make everything good for me in His Son.
Actually, He already has made it good in Jesus! Every sin, every mess up, every failure, He has made good in Christ. Every time I turn the wrong way, He makes it the right way. Every time I stray, He chases me down and drags me back to the Cross.
He defends me. Think about how comforting that is! In a world where I have to constantly defend myself and no one seems to understand me, God Himself defends me. He speaks up for me. He tells the devil to back off, because He knows what’s up with me.
Oh, and it gets better! He doesn’t defend me because I’m right or good. He defends me because He sent His Son to follow His Law and to suffer the punishment for my sin. The Cross is why God defends me. The Resurrection is why I must be saved. The Ascension is why I know for certain that I will always have God defending me.
And if I look at myself and see how awful I am, I can trust that Jesus is greater than my awfulness. If I see my darkness, I can be certain that He has overcome it. When I get scared about death, I can put my faith In the truth that He Himself has overcome death itself, and because He lives I must live also. Nothing is going to separate me from the God who has saved me in Jesus!
I don’t even have to judge myself! If God defends me, I don’t have to defend myself, even to me! And it’s not that I am righteous in and of myself—I still have a lot to do improve upon for the sake of those around me. But, if Jesus judges me as righteous, then that is the final word on me. I’m forgiven. I’m a child of God. I’m an heir to heaven.
This is true of me. It’s also true of you. You don’t have to defend yourself any more. Let God the Father do it. He has only mercy and love for you in Christ. He speaks up for you. He saves you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen
For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true. (The Small Catechism: First Article)