A Montrose Church Lent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Lent Day 6
Today's reading: Zechariah 3:1-10
In Lent we are called to recognize again just how broken our world is. In the book of Zechariah, we see how broken the people of God were and how they needed to turn from their brokenness and sin and come back home to God. How easily the enemy can lure us away from God’s best, and get us wallowing in our own lusts and sins and brokenness. How addicted to our brokenness we can become. How many are the self-made prisons of our own choices!
In Lent we also discover how gracious and merciful is our God, who always calls us out of our brokenness and into His amazing grace. Israel just could not keep their relationship with God something of utmost priority and they were always falling away. Consequently, they were always in trouble and their life as a people constantly challenged. The truth is, God could have written them off but did not. He did everything He could do to keep them close to His heart. God doesn’t write people off; God calls people to repentance and forgiveness and cleansing. He calls you and me to repentance and forgiveness and cleansing.
In Lent we discover just how desperately we need God in a world where the enemy is constantly pestering us, stressing us out, agitating our souls, and seeking to destroy our relationship with God. We all experience it, don’t we? We want to stay close to God but something seems always to be in the way. Stumbling blocks are everywhere, and if we are not careful we can walk right into a spiritual minefield.
During this Lenten season as we make our way to the cross and resurrection of Jesus, and as we live in the trenches of life, let’s remember that God is not the cause of our brokenness and shortcomings. The enemy of our souls is the one who takes joy in our pain; not God. God is in the midst of His people, and God is a delivering God. That’s why we gather from Sunday to Sunday to open our hearts in worship of God and in the giving of thanks for His incredible and matchless love. That’s why we enter into our inner rooms and pray, and gather with others to pray. That’s why we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and humble ourselves so that He may be our Lord of lords and King of kings. That’s why we love each other and serve each other and care for each other. Lent reminds us that we are on this journey together, following in the footsteps of our Savior. That’s why we come often to the table of the Lord and take the cup and bread of Jesus into our lives. The enemy would take us down. Jesus and His community would lift us up.
Lent reminds us that God has spoken in human history and that His word to us is Jesus. We might be broken but Jesus brings us wholeness. We might be sinful but Jesus has nailed our sins to His cross. We might be “prone to wander," as Robert Robinson wrote in 1759 (in the hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"), but Jesus is present to lead us and guide us and direct us. So, in the journey of Lent we fix our eyes on Jesus and seek to let God be God in us.
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