Lenten Devotional: Tuesday, March 19

Psalm 61Psalm 62Psalm 68:1-20(21-23)24-36Jeremiah 2:1-13Romans 1:16-25John 4:43-54

My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2.13

Though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling human beings. . . They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. . . .
Romans 1.21-23, 25

This Lenten Season it is important that we keep “our eyes on the prize.” The competition for attention is fierce in our current world. We are incessantly called to hold up wealth, power, or self-image as an end in and of itself. It is so easy to forget that Lent is moving us toward the eternal, cosmic mystery that is the center of our faith. Christ died on the cross out of love for us, so that he could be eternally present in our brokenness. Christ was raised from the dead out of love for us to show us that there was a way out of our brokenness. May you spend some time this Lenten Season contemplating this profound truth and what it means in your life.