2nd Wednesday in Lent
You are not to misuse the name of your God.
What is this? Answer: We are to fear and love God, so that we do not curse, swear, practice magic, lie, or deceive using God’s name, but instead use that very name in every time of need to call on, pray to, praise, and give thanks to God. With the words, “You are not to take the name of God in vain”, God at the same time gives us to understand that we are to use his name properly, for it has been revealed and given to us precisely for our use and benefit. Therefore, since we are forbidden here to use his holy name in support of falsehood and wickedness, it follows, conversely, that we are commanded to use it in the service of truth and all that is good— for example, when we swear properly where it is necessary and required, or also when we teach properly, or again, when we call on God’s name in time of need, or thank and praise him in time of prosperity, etc.
You shall not make wrongful use of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Martin Luther says we can “swear properly where it is necessary and required”. This edict caught me by surprise as I was of the opinion that we should not swear at all. So, I assume it is acceptable to use God’s name in the following scenarios: ” God, I am so tired and hungry.” “My God, that lasagna is delicious.” “Oh my God, that is the cutest baby I have ever seen.” and finally, “For God’s sake, stop your complaining.” I believe Martin Luther understood that we are only mere mortals and we need permission to vent our emotions in a way that is acceptable to God. I for one, will feel less guilty when I call out to God during emotional or stressful situations.
Dear heavenly father, I am grateful to be able to call out your name during emotional times in my everyday life. I see this as just another means to stay connected with you on a more personal level. Amen.
Put a coin in your bank for each piece of trash you did not recycle today.