Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Tuesday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on September 7, 2021 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NKJV)
9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Are you unsure about God’s ability to take care of you? Do you trust that the One who created the heavens and earth is big enough and powerful enough to take care of you? Is there enough air for you to breathe? Is there enough water for you to drink? Is there enough food for you to eat? Is there enough provision in creation to sustain little ol’ you? God’s Word assures us that He provides all we need, and for this we give Him thanks!
Likewise, is there enough of God’s grace to forgive your sins? Is the suffering of Christ on the cross enough to pay for your sins? Do you need to do something to help Christ redeem you? Are His Word, Holy Baptism, and the Holy Supper holy enough to sanctify you? Christ atoned for the sins of the whole world on the cross! God has most certainly distributed His good gifts in creation, redemption, and sanctification over all the earth in His Church! He has provided for those who cannot pay for their own sins by His grace in Christ Jesus, and whoever believes in Him will certainly have everlasting life. Thanks be to God for all His many benefits!
Prayer: Keep, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy Church with Thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without Thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by Thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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