Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 15th

Friday, March 15, 2013 – Psalm 130; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Romans 8:28-39 and John 6:52-59

Romans 8:28-39 28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Here is something I want you to file away under good for me to remember and know; not good to share with others who have suffered a great loss. “All things work together for good for those who love God.

Why do I say that? I really believe it to be true. It was true for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who suffered lots in his life, but each and every thing was used for the good of all. It was true for the early disciples who were martyred for their faith. And I believe it to be true for us.

Yet I don’t find it a helpful passage to share with someone who has just experienced a great loss. When shared it’s shared to help, but it doesn’t help. It’s shared to remind them of God’s presence and how he is the God of new life, but they can’t hear that.

So it’s a great passage for us to know and hold on to, but to be kept in the deep recesses of our brain. It might even be something you say to yourself when you are dealing with the trials and tribulations of life.

In Psalm 130 we hear; 5   I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6   my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

In the midst of life’s turmoil, this is what we have to do wait, hope and watch for the Lord.

Best thing we can do for one who has experienced a great loss is be with them and hear their hurt and abide with them as they journey through the valley of darkness. In our being with them, hopefully they can sense God being with them as well.

O Lord, thanks for words of faith that can help us as we experience the sorrows and joys of life. Help us know when to speak and when to simply abide with another. Amen.

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