Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
One of the primary focuses of the freight industry is the delivery of freight. The fact of the matter is that freight must be delivered, and on time, at its intended destination. If the freight were to go anywhere else, then it is not considered as having been delivered.
We need to be delivered too. However, we don’t need to be delivered to a specific place so much as we need to be delivered from something. What is it that we need delivering from? Sin. Plain and simple. Sin. Evil is the one constant in this world that we can be most assured to have befall us, and we often bring it upon ourselves. It is also that one thing that we desperately need deliverance from.
Christ Jesus understood this all too well. That is why we read, in the Lord’s Prayer:
But deliver us from evil.
Now the question some may ask is “What does this mean?”. The answer to that, from the Small Catechism is:
We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our Father in heaven would deliver us from all manner of evil, of body and soul, property and honor, and at last, when our last hour shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Himself into heaven.
In other words, we are praying that God would rescue us from sin. This is the ultimate hope of the Christian. The fact is that the Christian the knows that they are a miserable sinner, deserving of Hell. To this end, of course they would want to be delivered from sin, death, and the Devil. Thus the need that they pray this.
So it is, freight must be delivered, and time. So too, we all need to be delivered from evil, and we are incapable of doing it ourselves. It is only God, through the work of Christ Jesus upon the cross, that we can be saved from sin.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.