“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
What if it could be said that every person has ‘arrived’? What if every person had a good education, financial security and access to anything and everything they desired? What if this state of affairs caused all war and conflict to cease, injustice to end? Would we then have arrived, really arrived? No. For, as beneficial as they are, if these things were universally defined as the goal of living, the whole world would have gone wrong.
How well you manage life and accomplishment in this world is not the final point of living. This is one dimension of the parable of the Prodigal Son. He squandered his life away in the far country. But even if he had used his inheritance to make it, to arrive, to become a success in the far country, he would still have missed the point of living. Why? Because he would have still been estranged from his father. The point of his living would still have been defined by accomplishment, or lack of it, under the law.
We do not have God in order to be successful, to be healthy, to have peace, or to avoid squandering our lives in this way or that. God is not a means to an end. In a real sense God is the end of living, the destination, the point of it all. Having God, we have enough. The fact of the matter is that God hasn’t promised us anything else. He promised Himself and He gave Himself. God could have overwhelmed us with material prosperity and not made a dent in the celestial treasury. It would have cost him nothing. Like a rich man who buys friends and wives with money.
But God has given what did cost. He gave Himself in Jesus our Lord. It cost Him a death on the cross. In the Gospel of promise, given in Word and sacrament, God gives Himself in such a way so as to open His heart in reconciling love for you and me. When we know Him and are known by His merciful, forgiving love, we can truly say we are satisfied. We may “rejoice and be glad in all our days” for then we have everything.
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in
Christ Jesus our lord.”