Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Isaiah 11:1-9, Numbers 16:20-35, and Acts 28:23-31
St. Paul, freshly arrived in Rome, got into an argument with the Jews about Christ. After a while, some believed, while some did not. Paul quoted Isaiah 6 to them, telling them that salvation had been given to the Gentiles. This caused a large argument among the Jews.
They just couldn’t accept that God would do things the way he had done. They couldn’t accept that God would send the “wrong” person. They couldn’t accept that God would not restore the political kingdom with a descendant of David to be the king. And the idea that God would allow Gentiles – Gentiles! – to be a part of the kingdom was an especially tough pill to swallow. They had a hard time with all of it.
Sometimes we’re the same way. We can’t imagine that God would have sent this guy to do this job. We can’t figure out why God didn’t do it the “right” way.
Take some time to pray about this. Has God done something the wrong way? How can you get back into God’s plan? Write your own prayer.