But the Lord is eager to be gracious to you. He waits on high to have mercy on you, for the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who long for him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive us when we fail to remember your desire to be gracious to us when this world throws things at us that are less than desirable—sickness, disease, a leaky this, or a broken that. Those things that have us question you. Sin is the cause of all these things, not you, but when they come, you eagerly wait like a parent to help us. You see how these things come at your children, and you are there for us, wanting and waiting to help. Especially when we fall into the temptation of sins, every person sins, and none of us are exempt, and the question is this: what do we do with it? We could try to ignore it, but where does that get us? It leaves us pilled under a load of guilt and those journeying with us frustrated at our lack of concern with what we have done.
Instead, we should address these things we have done and bring them before you. And as Isaiah wrote, “he waits on high to have mercy on us, for the Lord is a God of justice.” You already punished our sins; it was placed on your Son. Jesus went to the cross to suffer the world’s punishment for their sins. For all who seek you, they find you in word and sacraments with your arms wide open; you already forgive us according to your salvational plan and for Jesus’s sake. Those who long for you—eagerly look for you—trust in your gracious mercy and forgiveness, which comes to us through faith. Trust begins in us by the Spirit whom you sent. So please give us the faith to long for you, and realize when we do, you are here with us with our sins forgiven. When facing other life’s challenges, let us remember you are there, ready with the solution and waiting like a parent. Many people do not know your grace or mercy; they see you as an angry God. Please allow us to share the truth about your love with them so they, too, will realize your love and forgiveness in faith. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Like a teenager getting home late and the parents relieved they made it. God is waiting with forgiveness for everyone. He wants you to make it home safely to heaven, which comes through faith in Jesus’s forgiveness.