Lenten Devotional: Wednesday, March 13

Psalm 119:49-72Psalm 49Psalm 53Deuteronomy 9:13-21
Hebrews 3:12-19
John 2:23—3:15

Then the Lord told me, “Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned away quickly from what I commanded them . . . They are a stiff-necked people indeed. . .Let me alone so that I may destroy them.”
Deuteronomy 9:12-14

I always like reading Deuteronomy. It’s straightforward, powerful, and doesn’t beat around the bush. Just what we need as we begin Lent.

We’ve had a whole year since last Lent, and we’ve forgotten all the good habits we got into – no chocolate, using our money wisely, being nicer to people, you know how it goes. And we’re back to our bad habits.

So Moses had gone up to the mountain after his forty days and forty nights and God was waiting for him. God said, “Go down from here [they have forgotten their good intentions from last Lent and have gone back to their chocolate, their moneymaking, their self-centeredness, etc.] They are a stiff-necked people indeed.”

God continued, “Let me alone so that I may destroy them.” Whew! Do you ever wonder? As you look around at problems today? In the world? In our country? I’ll bet Governor Northam wondered the other week!

But here we are. Another Lent is beginning, and we have the opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness, to discard our chocolate, to use our resources to serve other people, to work for the good of the world. Asking God to be our companion, let’s do it. May we have a holy Lent.