Daily Lenten Devotion Wednesday, March 6th

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – Psalm 27; Jeremiah 8:4-7, 18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11 and John 8:12-20

Psalm 27 – 1   The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid? ….

John 8:12-20 – 12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.

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.

Romans 5:1-11 – 1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Believing and trusting in Jesus who was and is our light and our salvation, does not mean we will never experience suffering and pain. It doesn’t form a shield of protection around us. In all of our lives will come some heart ache, pain and suffering. The difference for those of us who believe is that, we know God is with us even as we suffer. God does not leave us or abandon us.

As was said in a small group gathering the other night, “what I’ve found is that when I think God has left me, abandoned me is that it is I who has abandoned God. God didn’t move away from me, I moved away from God.”

So into all of our lives will come some heart ache, pain and suffering. Yet as the reading from Romans reminds us; “suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because (and this is really important) God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

If you are suffering now, know that God is with you and is your ultimate light and salvation. If you are not, plant this passage firmly in your mind and soul, so that you might be prepared when the rains of life fall upon you. Even in our suffering, may we seek to abide in God who will journey with us through the deepest and darkest valleys of life.

Thanks be to you, O God who is our light and our salvation. Thanks for abiding with us always and calling us to abide in you. Amen.

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