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The Small Catechism – part 36

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Matthew 6:31–33

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism – part 36

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (for the Lord will not hold guiltless those who take his name in vain).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

Pulling It Together

Why does one need to lie or otherwise deceive in order to receive some necessary thing? God knows what you need, so ask your heavenly Father, and he will provide the needs of the day. The practice of deceit happens when one desires more than is necessary, or when there is lack of trust for what is needed. I do not recall sneaking food from the refrigerator or pantry when I was a boy. Mom and Dad made sure I had enough and more to eat. I trusted that they would provide for my needs every day. Even more, Jesus has promised that his Father will meet your needs. Trust—and give thanks.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for providing everything needed for my life. Amen.

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