Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. Psalm 73, 27
until now, Asaf was talking about blessing. Whoever lives with God is a blessed person. He who lets himself be guided by God, reaches the finish line. Now Asaf realizes: But he who turns away from God wanders around in life. He who says goodbye to God and wants to go his own way will get lost. He will feel like running around in a labyrinth.
„Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119, 105). The German singer and songwriter Manfred Siebald composed the song "Without God it will lead you into darkness, but with him we step into the light." The Word of God brings light into life. It brightens our thinking. It helps to arrive at clear and good decisions. It wants to protect us from erroneous beliefs and wrong ways.
Whoever turns away from God and His Word does not only run into a dead end. He who breaks off contact with God becomes mute, even if he keeps talking non-stop. He can no longer praise God. He will no longer pray. He will no longer tell anything about God's love. He is condemned to silence.
To be condemned to silence is like a creek whose waters no longer rush. It is like a bird that can no longer sing. To the one who is condemned to silence, there is no song of gratitude from his heart anymore. There is no praise of the Creator of life. There is no rejoicing coming over his lips expressing God´s love. He is silenced, no matter how much he may speak.
Jesus Christ tells the story of a young man who was like that (Gospel of Luke ch. 15). This man wanted to find his own fulfillment and said goodbye to his father. The father in this parable is of course God. The son turns away from the father and goes his own way. But he fails. His life turns into hell. He falls silent. His life is nothing but a lament full of self-pity. But in his greatest distress he remembers his father again. And he makes the decision, "I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.” (verse 18). This is the best decision in his life! Turn back to God, the Father!
The father is boundlessly happy about his child, who is finally coming home again. He embraces his child. He kisses the son. The father rejoices "For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and now is found.” (Gospel of Luke 15:24). So they began to celebrate. Even the son who has returned home is able to sing and dance again out of joy.
Into this story I can discover the great mercy of God. God has a heart for all people who have departed from Him. He remains faithful to all, even when they are far from Him. The apostle Paul writes to his co-worker Timothy, " if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy Letter 2:13). God's love always opens a door for us to return to Him and back into life.
Jesus Christ is the love of God in person. Whoever remains with Jesus Christ remains with God. The Holy Spirit opens his heart and his mouth. He is able to say like the first disciples: "As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20).
I wish you, that you can tell your friends and neighbors about all the great things, which God has done in your life. I also wish that you can talk about God's faithfulness and love. And finally I wish that you can experience God's faithfulness every day in your own life.
Thank you for listening to me. I look forward to seeing you again on November 1st. Until then, may the Lord bless you and protect you in spirit, soul and body.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version), edited by R. Jordan
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