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How are you doing?

Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass.” (Isaiah 66:14b)

How are you doing?

sky-1611044_1920You’ve probably noticed that that is a fairly common question which people often ask one another.  It is also rather widely known that very often people will not answer that question completely or honestly.  Did you ever notice how often people reply with a quick “I’m fine” and then want to move on to something else?

Every one of us has challenges we deal with because we live in a sinful world, but so often we don’t want to let our guard down and share our troubles.

So how do we move from that perspective to the one described in our Bible verse for this week? Every one of us would like to “rejoice” and “flourish." Let’s look at how we can do that.

To understand the words of our verse for this week, we need to understand the whole context of the book of Isaiah. The book of Isaiah is a prophecy of what Jesus, the Messiah (Savior) would bring and do. Isaiah uses pictures and very clear language to show that Jesus would come and save his people from their sin and troubles which sin had brought into their lives.

So let’s take that and apply it to our lives today. If we are honest about it, our responses of “I’m fine” are often a response which silently says “I want to take care of things myself and try to make them better." So how has that gone for you trying to take care of things yourself and make them better?  We all know that we can’t fix all the issues in our lives by ourselves.

The book of Isaiah describes how God had to bring his people to a realization of that.  He had to humble them to bring them to the realization that they needed to depend on him and the salvation and hope he was bringing.

When we come to that point, then we receive the blessings described in our verse for this week - “rejoice” and “flourish."  This does not mean that we will “rejoice” and “flourish” all the time.  But as long as we live in this sinful world, the only way we will be able to receive these blessings is through humble trust in God and his power.  He forgives our sins, comforts our troubled hearts through the Gospel and lifts our eyes from this world to eternal joy and peace which will one day be ours in heaven.

So how are you doing?  Our answer to that question likely depends on what is going on our life at the moment.  The next time you want to give a simple “I’m fine” and things are anything but fine, turn to the only one who can help you “rejoice” and “flourish." You will be fine in Jesus alone.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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