2Peter3:9 —— The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The Israelites had committed blunders but immediately repented and were then forgiven. We too make mistakes every day. Jesus was stripped off his clothes and the soldiers cast lots for the clothes. When people hurt us and insult us what is our prayer to the Father? Jesus forgave the Roman soldiers of their sin. Are we also praying in a similar manner?
Jesus has paid the price for us on the cross; all we need to do is believe in Him. Jesus invites us to the Eucharist so that we can receive forgiveness and be empowered because of His Love, Mercy and Grace.
God deals with us with mercy, but we need to approach God with a heart filled with repentance.
Psalms 23:4 —– Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
King David, himself a former shepherd, begins this Psalm with, “The LORD is my shepherd,” immediately putting himself as a sheep in the care of Jesus Christ. The shepherd is the provider and protector of his flock. The sheep are helpless without Him. Similarly, human existence is but a sinful, carnal experience without God in our lives.
The shepherd leads his flock through treacherous terrain. The rod and staff are the shepherd’s tools, and are used to guide and correct the path of the sheep—much in the same way God has to oftentimes guide, and occasionally correct, our path. God in the New Testament never punishes his people only corrects them, but this too can be painful.
In the physical world, if a person is convicted of a grave crime, he is imprisoned for life and sometimes even put to death. But God corrects us so that we can continue to live a Blessed life after renewing our mind according to God’s Word. That is why despite the sinful life that I lead, today I am alive and Blessed by God’s Grace and Love. This is the Word and Spirit of God which we have during the Eucharist.
“OUR BELIEF IN GOD IS NOT BLIND FAITH. BELIEF IS HAVING A FIRM CONVICTION SOMETHING IS TRUE, NOT HOPING IT’S TRUE.”