Word of the Month

Forget not the Lord!

June 2000

When things are going well, we often forget why things are going well; because we are flush with good fortune and success, we no longer remember that everything comes from God's blessing. But also in times of affliction and suffering, when barely a spark of hope still glows, many a one forgets the great things that God has done for him. He also, who in the hustle and bustle of our time, running from one engagement to another, barely find time to breathe, forgets all too easily the most important thing in life: to achieve happiness for the soul. When we are bored and have no idea what to do with the day, then the result is unfortunately the same, that we forget why we are on earth and what goal we have.

That is why it is so important for the people of the Lord, in the evening of the church of Christ, to ever more take to heart the admonishment that the Most High laid into the hearts of the people of Israel, which is found several times in the Holy Scripture: "...forget not the Lord thy God!" (Deuteronomy 8:11). Whether we find ourselves at the height of achievement or are led through the depths of despair - in all situations of life, we want to remember the word of the Psalmist: "The Lord hath done great things for us!" (cf. Psalm 126:3) He has elected us, led us into His work, blessed us, preserved and helped us, when help was needed; He gives us peace and grants joy that no spirit of the time can steal. We should never forget this!

The miracle of our election, which God has personally made our portion, is unfathomably great. This is one of God's mysteries, whose magnitude we will properly understand only then when we have reached the goal of our faith, the eternal fellowship with God and his Son. Until then we always experience word and grace anew. The word strengthens and comforts, encourages, inspires us to reconciliation and shows the way into glory. The grace provide by the sacrifice of Jesus frees us from the claims of Satan, in that our sins are forgiven; grace grants us fellowship with the Son of God in the Holy Communion and allows us to grow ever more into the nature of Christ through the partaking of the body and the blood of Jesus.

We are admonished: "Forget not the Lord thy God!" Let us always remember what great things He always does for us again and again, in his solicitous love.

With heartfelt greetings,<br/> Yours,

Richard Fehr