golter's musings

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • PAuse To be in god's word.

    dECEMBER 7, 2018

    Reading a book entitled “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns. She analyzes the leadership of four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

    Beneath the title “Turnaround Leadership,” she reviews Franklin Roosevelt’s leadership decisions made when he took office in 1933. Times were turbulent, the bank system near collapse. The country was in panic mode, as the full brunt of the Depression was felt. The future of the country was in doubt. People felt helpless, powerless, and dread filled the air.

    President Roosevelt did many things, but here’s one point: “Create a gathering pause, a window of time,” (p. 282). He created a four-day bank holiday, creating a “breathing space to devise a plan to reopen the banks in an orderly way,” (p. 283).

    Creating a “breathing space” is exactly what the Lord provides through His readings of Scripture and prayer, at home and church.

    “Our heart is restless until it rests in You,” St. Augustine (Confessions, 1.1.1). The words of the fourth century church father still ring true.

    Lutherans call this a passive spirituality, meaning, God is at work upon and in you.

    When you read His Book and hear it preached, you’re not the one who’s really active. You may think you’re interpreting the Bible. Actually, He’s interpreting you. He exposes and clears out the clutter which causes anxiety; He then comforts your soul with His balm of mercy and forgiveness found only in Christ.

    Every time in His Word is a “bank holiday,” a joyful pause. 

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran