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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 85

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From the Word: 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end, he will stand upon the earth. 26 Then, after my flesh is destroyed, I will, in my flesh, see God. (Job 19:25-26)

From the ConfessionsThe Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

For this reason, it is also useful that we form the habit of daily entrusting ourselves to God—soul and body, spouse, children, employees, and all that we have—for every need that may occur. This is why the blessing and thanksgiving at meals, and other prayers, both morning and evening, have originated and remain in use.

Pulling It Together: Poor Job was tormented by his friends, shunned by his family, and was of the opinion that God was after him. Did he simply complain about his plight? Was he reduced to whining about his tribulations? He did complain, but he also confessed. He commended himself to God. He believed that in the end, when all else was dead and gone, it was God who would stand upon the earth. He also professed that this life is not the sum of existence, that after his death and subsequent decay he, in a resurrected body, would see God. So, even in the midst of the greatest difficulties of life, God’s name should be in our mouths, confessing what we know to be true, and entrusting ourselves to his care.

Prayer: I trust you, Father, to care for me and those whom I love, regardless of all that life throws at us. Amen.

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