• Whether Alert

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    Word’s Worth series 2022–2023

    Week of April 23, 2023

    Whether Alert

    Jesus was not a whether man.

    He made Himself perfectly clear—no ifs, ands, or buts about the Gospel message. No need to wonder whether you’re saved or not, no need to wonder whether you need to perform some good deed to earn your way into heaven.

    By the same token, you have no need to decide if the Triune God has real authority, to challenge Him, believing that He does not exist or insisting that you’re entitled to govern yourself.

    But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy—through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. …avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning (Titus 3: 4-5; 9-10).

    You have something superior to whether statements. You need not fear those dabbling in whether predictions—fair whethers, foul whethers, or stormy whethers. Nor should you associate with them, as Paul warns Titus above.

    Scatter the seeds of faith and attempt to nourish them among those you serve. Tell them about the Savior. Pray for them. Fret, if you must. But what happens to those seeds is up to the Holy Spirit. If any reject your teaching… well, see the advice to Titus again.

    Sad  but true. Some prefer to live under the whether. They will continue to whether life rather than bask in it. Again, you who don’t live by whethers need not exasperate yourself when the whether goes bad. No ifs, ands, or buts about that.

    Sing together: Nothing less

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    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2023 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture CSB®

    A joyful heart is good medicine,

    But a crushed spirit dries up the bones—Prov. 17:22 ESV

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