Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler

Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler

Some four years ago the popular musical group the Killers released a plaintive track titled “Have All The Songs Been Written,” which reportedly came from the subject line of an email that front man Brandon Flowers sent to his friend, U2’s Bono, while Flowers was experiencing writer’s block.

One does not have to be a popular songwriter to experience writer’s block, for, as I was first trying to generate a topic for this column, I found myself similarly asking if all the columns had been written.

Of course, as was the case with Flowers’ songs, all the columns have not been written, neither in my more than nine years of writing at least twice monthly for this newspaper, nor in all the years of others’ writing similar columns at similar frequencies for other newspapers or media: God’s Word arguably cannot be exhaustively exposited.

For, even if God’s Word itself is thousands of years old, His Word remains living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and both His unchanging law condemning our sin and His unchanging Gospel forgiving the sin of those who repent and believe, for the sake of Jesus’s death on the cross, in some sense apply uniquely to each new day, any circumstance and every individual.

God’s mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:23), and He blesses us as He promises to do (Isaiah 55:10-11), every time we hear His Word, whether in a Sunday morning church service, a midweek Bible study, or a personal devotion, maybe even with the Holy Scriptures being read to us through a website or application on our phone or other electronic device.

The Killers’ lyrics include the line, “I just need one more, to get through to you,” and it seems the songwriter feels responsible for getting through to whomever his target audience is, but, to a great extent, the success or seeming failure of God’s Word is not the responsibility of its expositors, such as the column-writer.

Rather, once the seed of God’s Word is sown on presumably good soil, it grows essentially “automatically,” even if at first that growth is unseen or later, when seen, appears insignificant, until the Last Day when its true worth is known (Mark 4:26-29).

So, individual human beings are properly blamed if they are lost, having resisted the Holy Spirit Who works through the Word (for example, Acts 7:51), and God is properly credited for those who are saved.

The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.

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The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.

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