Lenten Devotional: Thursday, March 7

Psalm 37:1-42Deuteronomy 7:6-11Titus 1:1-16John 1:29-34

“Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way.” Psalm 37:4

Think of the children who make up our children’s choir. They are encouraged, guided and nourished (both musically and with yummy snacks) by Daniel and his helpers. We all so enjoy their singing but without that guidance and nourishment they would not reach their goal of adding to the beauty and reverence of the services.

ALL God’s people need encouragement and spiritual nourishment in order to reach their goal. We see horrific pictures of people in war-zones, malnourished and emaciated, yet we can become spiritually emaciated and shriveled if we fail to follow the Lord’s way, doing the things that we know to be right and instead turn to envy, immorality, anger and any number of other transgressions.

Today’s readings are full of dire warnings but also have a theme of how to live lives that are acceptable to the Lord – trusting in the Lord, doing good, being hospitable, being faithful, loving one another and as Paul tells us in Thessalonians “aspiring to live quietly, to mind our own affairs, behaving properly towards outsiders” (people who differ from us and have different ideas and beliefs).

When we take our mind and thoughts off Jesus, we lose sight of our goal. Just as Peter did when he was walking on the water and took his eyes off Jesus – he sank! Our goal – everlasting life, the eternal life that God (who as Titus tells us never lies) promised before the ages began.”

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP page 832).