Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:17
I must confess it was a dubious sort of honor.
Even so, I am glad my son defended me. Years ago he was arguing with another boy about whose father was the best auto mechanic. My son proudly pronounced: "My daddy is the best."
"How come?" demanded Randy.
"Well, yesterday," my son explained, "when we were coming home from the store, our car began to squeak and rattle. Dad turned up the radio real loud and made it so not a squeak could be heard."
As I say, it's a questionable sort of honor.
The only comfort I have is that I've seen a lot of people do the same sort of thing. They think if they shout loud enough or point their fingers long enough at somebody else, their problems will go away.
Now I may not be much of a mechanic to fix an automobile's "flibbertigibbet," but I do know that if you really want your problems to go away, you need to put them in the hands of someone who has the ability to really make them go away.
When it comes to sin, that Person, the only Person is the Triune God. He is the One who judges sin and, because of the Son's sacrifice, forgives our sins.
His Divine grace, mercy and substitution make Him the only authority with the skill, knowledge and willingness to make the squeaks of sin really go away...
... for good.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, forgive us for the many times when we try to cover up our sins. Instead, grant us the willingness of heart to bring those transgressions to You who will, because of Jesus' sacrifice and substitution, make those sins go away. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries