Daily Lenten Devotion Wednesday, February 27th

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – Psalm 27; Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:(26-27) 28-2:11 and John 5:1-18

Psalm 27 – 4   One thing I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to inquire in his temple. ….

8   “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, do I seek.
9        Do not hide your face from me. …

14   Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Jeremiah 3:6-18 – Return, faithless Israel,
says the LORD.
I will not look on you in anger,
for I am merciful,
says the LORD;
I will not be angry for ever.
13  Only acknowledge your guilt,
that you have rebelled against the LORD your God,
and scattered your favors among strangers under every green tree,
and have not obeyed my voice,
says the LORD. …..

15I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Romans 1:(26-27) 28-2:11 – 2:1Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. ….. 4b Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Our readings today have to do with seeking the Lord, finding him, only to discover that we need to repent and turn to Him again and again and again.

As we seek God’s face, as we seek to grow closer to God, one thing is for sure, in doing so our own unworthiness, our own sinfulness, will be revealed to us. Yet there is hope for God’s very nature is forgiveness and new life. God sent his Son not to condemn us, but that we might have life through him.

Repentance means turning from, to turning toward. Repentance is making a U turn in the midst of the journey of life. It means turning from that which is taking life from us, to turning toward all that God offers us through His Son, Jesus Christ. For me this is a daily activity, to see where I need to repent and seek out God’s ways, instead of my ways.

In Romans we heard today; “Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” If we discover nothing else today, may we discover this and then seek to turn our lives completely towards God’s ways which lead to new life.

Here’s how Romans 2:3-4 reads in The Message Bible;

3-4 You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.

I like that. God in his kindness takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. He turns us from following our ways to following God’s ways.

This day, may we seek to turn from following our ways, to following God’s ways. May we seek to repent of all that draws us away from God and turn us towards all that leads to a closer walk with him.

O God, confront my sinfulness and brokenness, my seeking to follow my ways. Guide me to turn and follow your ways which not only leads me to new life, but offers it to others through me. Amen.

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