Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Here is that great passage of Scripture, there is a time for everything.  A time to be born, a time to die.  Everything in life has its time, and all things happen in their due time. And you can't rush time.  We live in an age of time and schedules and rushing around. But, you can't hurry time.  You can't hurry God. We have to wait.

Why?  Waiting teaches patience.  Waiting teaches trust.  Waiting teaches faith. Waiting on God teaches us that we are not in control, we are not the boss, it is not about us.  It is about God. We must wait upon Him. For all things in due time.  Let us wait upon the Lord today, and let us find the faith that allows that to happen.  

New Testament Lesson

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is telling someone you love that they are not doing what is right.  It is hard to do that with friends and family. But, if someone is harming themselves, or hurting what God is trying to do, they may need to be told in love, hey this isn't right. 

Because what is most important is what God is trying to do.  As a pastor, I've tried to always welcome correction. If someone tells me that God has lead them to say something to me, I always take the time to listen to that.  For, God can speak to anyone through anyone.  Today, if the Lord has led you to speak a word to someone, do it. 

But, remember, do it in love. Do it for the good of the Gospel.  And do it, always do it, always say it, always live it, through grace. We must be the most graceful of all people, for has not the Lord shown us grace upon grace upon grace. So must we show grace to one another.  

Gospel Lesson

Why did Herrod do this thing that he knew he should not?  Pride.  He didn't want to look bad in front of his guests.  Pride did it to him. Today, may be very careful not be led around by our pride.  May we remember that our Lord humbled Himself even to the point of death on a cross.  If our Lord Jesus was not ashamed to humble Himself, may we not be ashamed either.  

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