“Give an account of your stewardship.” Luke 16:2
“O Lord, how have I wasted my time, goods, and faculties! Pardon me for Your infinite mercy’s sake. Blot out my debt by Your blood. And grant that henceforth, keeping a daily good account and acting more prudently, faithfully, and diligently, my reckoning may not be false at last. But preserve me also from all needless cares and cause me cheerfully to prosecute the business which You allot me, and to anticipate merciful support in all difficulties and afflictions. Teach me, O Lord, and give me wisdom and grace to govern my house and manage all my affairs rightly. Be the principal Governor and Father of my family. I would be nothing but Your servant. Direct me only in all things, that I may not suffer or do any harm.” He that does not expostulate with God — but accuses himself as guilty in all things, even his best performances, and flies to Christ as his only refuge, will be justified by God through the righteousness of His dear Son. Being thus adopted of God, he is ready and willing to be governed and directed by Him in all things as a child. O for grace always to do God’s will, aiming at His glory!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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