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May 2020 Message

(5) For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (6) He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. (7) On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. (8) Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalm 62

A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer! Amen!

We live in a world filled with opposites: right and wrong, light and darkness, left and right, and the list goes on. As Christians, we deal with opposites there as well: sinner and saint, all flesh born is subject to death, etc. All of humanity struggles, because it is inclined toward the left (that which is wrong)-that is the fool’s folly that completely disregards, disbelieves, and mocks the clear truth from God above.

The only way a heart becomes wise is for the Word and Spirit of God to have its way, instilling a true fear, love, and trust in God. We cannot cause the Word of God to have its way with us or others. God Himself works in our midst, giving us both the written and spoken Word. He gives faithful preachers and teachers to make known the righteousness we receive in Christ, apart from the Law. This righteousness inclines the heart to the right, the way of the wise. It is light and life, albeit hidden under the cross and sufferings we experience in this life. Christ Jesus entered into this world of stark opposites to exchange our sin for His righteousness so that, although we may see only sin and death and suffering all around, in reality there is life, light, and peace that passes all understanding. The Creator has in love freely joined Himself bodily to our every need, both temporal and eternal. A heart filled with God’s wisdom is inclined to this truth.

Prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, we daily swerve from the paths of Your righteousness. By Your Word and Spirit, preserve us in Your righteousness, that we may not swerve. Amen.

*Adapted from the Portals of Prayer devotional “A life of opposites”

Your servant and fellow brother in Christ,
Pastor Bacic