On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.
The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.
Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.
The devotional for LORD’S DAY 9 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next two Lord’s Days will concern the subject of God the Father.
Q. What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”?
A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them,1 who still upholds and rules them by his eternal counsel and providence,2 is my God and Father because of Christ the Son.3 I trust God so much that I do not doubt he will provide whatever I need for body and soul,4 and will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends upon me in this sad world.5 God is able to do this because he is almighty God6 and desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.7
1 Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 33:6; Isa. 44:24; Acts 4:24; 14:15.
2 Ps. 104; Matt. 6:30; 10:29; Eph. 1:11.
3 John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5.
4 Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25-26; Luke 12:22-31.
5 Rom. 8:28.
6 Gen. 18:14; Rom. 8:31-39.
7 Matt. 7:9-11.
May truth and grace reside here.
Soli deo Gloria!