Daily Lenten Devotion Monday, February 18th

Monday, February 18, 2013 – Psalm 119:73-80; Deuteronomy 8:1-20; Hebrews 2:11-18 and John 2:1-12

In the readings today from Psalm 119, Deuteronomy 8 and Hebrews 2 we hear; trust in the Lord in good times and in bad.

Psalm 119:73-80 – 73  Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. …

75  I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right,
and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 – 12When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good.

The problem seems to be that in good times we forget to give God thanks for what He has given us and in the bad times we want to blame God for what has happened. It is God who gives us the ability to succeed and have a good life. It is God who blesses us with life. It is also God who will sojourn with us into the deepest darkest valleys of life; providing us with the care we need during these times. In all of life – good times and bad – we need to trust in God who gives daily bread and sustains us through the gift of his Son.

Hebrews 2:11-18 – 14Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

When we feel that we are being tested by life, we can turn to Jesus who was tested and did not sin but always trusted in God His Father and our Heavenly Father. Do you feel you are being tested? Turn to God and cast your cares onto God. Seek God’s wisdom for dealing with all that concerns you. Ask the Spirit to guide you as you face the test that is before you.

My friends let us trust in the Lord in good times and in bad.

O Jesus, you faced every trial and temptation that we will experience, even more and you kept your focus upon God the Father and the Father’s will. Help us to do the same as we face daily temptations or the tests of life. Help us know that you are with us and we can trust in you. Amen.

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