Law and Gospel in Joyful Clarity
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16)
The devil tempts us to boredom. He tempts husbands to be bored with their wives. He tempts wives to be bored with their husbands, or the devil brings along some guy who is more interested in her. This boredom, dear friends, is a sin.
The devil tempts Christians to be bored with the Scriptures. Even if the Lord’s people believe the Bible is God’s Word, perfect and holy, they still fail to read and study it; they are bored with the Bible. The devil brings the temptation to boredom in church, to be bored with the Lord’s Service or with the preaching. This boredom is sin.
The devil (that master of a thousand arts) tempts pastors to be bored with the doctrine, with our Lutheran Confessions. We read them and subscribed to them, but we don’t read them because we don’t delight in them. We are bored with the Lutheran Confessions, and are looking for something more exciting. The devil tempts pastors to be bored with the members of the congregation. This boredom is a sin.
When it comes to boredom, we act like the problem is out there. If I’m bored with my spouse or the Bible of the doctrine, then my spouse and the Bible and the doctrine must be boring. Wrong! Boredom is not a state, it is a sin, it is a terrible form of despair. The problem is us.
Repent. Repent of your boredom. Repent and know that Jesus delights in you, that He has left everything behind so that He could have you and forgive you, and know that He is never bored or tired of forgiving your sins. Wonderful!
And then, dear friends, know that the Lord Jesus has given your spouse to you to be your delight. The Lord have give you His Word to be your joy. Dear pastors, the Lord has given you the doctrine and your congregation to be your joy and delights. We delight and find joy in the Lord and His gifts, and the Lord (can you imagine it) uses this joy to beat back the devil. Amen.
Lord’s Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO