Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 1st

Friday, March 1, 2013 – Psalm 130; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18 and John 5:30-47

Jeremiah 5:1-9 – 1   Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and take note!
Search its squares and see
if you can find one person
who acts justly
and seeks truth —
so that I may pardon Jerusalem.

Romans 2:25-3:18 – 9What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, 10as it is written:
“There is no one who is righteous, not even one;
11   there is no one who has understanding,
there is no one who seeks God.
12  All have turned aside, together they have become worthless;

John 5:30-47 – 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God?

Our readings today, each one of them, reminds us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When receiving new members into the church, I ask them;

“Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in God’s sight, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?”

All have responded. I do. And so it is, all of us have fallen short of God’s glory.

I can think of many good people, who do good works, but even their best efforts fall short of following all of God’s ways. Even their best doesn’t do everything that God commands. Each falls short of God’s glory. Our only hope was and is in the one who came to give his life as a sacrifice for all our sins.

Thanks be to God, that God’s very nature is forgiveness and that he sent His Son to be the eternal sacrifice for all sin.

Psalm 130 – 3   If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4   But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered. …

7   O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8   It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

O God, this day may I seek to do the good and then ask you to add your blessing to it so that it can even be Godly and thus a blessing to you, to me and to others. Amen.

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