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Lent Devotional: Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaiah 25:6-9 (click here)
It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)

So much of life seems to be spent waiting.

As a kid, you’re constantly waiting to be a certain age to be able to participate in certain things. You wait in lines, you wait on people, you wait for a special day to arrive. You wait and wait and wait and wait and wait…

Will the waiting ever end? And more importantly…will it have been worth it?

Much of relationship with the Lord is described as a call to wait. We are to wait for the Lord, which is another way of saying we trust him. Waiting does not mean we are idle in our relationship with God, but that we are actively trusting him.

The need to wait on the Lord arises from the fact that our experience does not currently align with his promises. We are a redeemed people waiting for the completion of redemption. This has been promised to us, and God will bring it about…but right now we wait…we trust…we hope.

That day will come…the day when we no longer have to talk about waiting, but will be able to speak in past tense and declare that we have waited. The day of final salvation will come when all our waiting will seem like it has been no more than a few moments.

Salvation will be complete and all the waiting will be over.

Yet, until then…we wait. Not idly, but expectantly. We wait in such a way that declares to the world our great confidence and trust in the Lord who is not idle, but actively working towards the day for which we are waiting.

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: Psalm 20

Psalm 20 (click here)
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)

In what do we place our trust?

When our very lives are on the line, to what or who will we turn? We will turn to the resources of the world and the things in which all other people trust…things like horses and chariots…or will we turn to the Lord?

What are our modern day horses and chariots? Government? Social programs? Military might? Money? Possessions? Family?

Our ultimate trust is to be placed in none of these things, but in the only thing that can actually be trusted…the name of the Lord! “The name of the Lord” is his character…his reputation…it is everything about who he is. It’s not just a title or label. It is the very core of who he is.

I think the reason we do not trust in the name of the Lord, is because we do not know his name… we don’t know his reputation, or who he is, or what he is like. We don’t trust in the Lord, because we don’t know how strong he is, how faithful he is, how loving he is… we don’t know his history of amazing faithfulness to his unfaithful people.

We do not trust in the name of the Lord because the reputation concerning the strength of horses and chariots is larger in our minds and hearts than the reputation of the Lord’s strength.

We desperately need to know the name of the Lord! We need to see him in all his power, majesty, strength, faithfulness, love, and glory! In the light of his true name, all the horses and chariots the world has to offer look about as trustworthy as a hungry hound in a chicken house.

Do we want to trust in the name of the Lord? Then we must know his name! We must know him for who he is!

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: Job 12

Job 12 (click here)
The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand. 7 But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; 8 or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 9 Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:6-10)

Job bluntly tells his friends that their nice and neat theology does not square with what actually happens in the world. The wicked do not seem to always be punished and the righteous do not seem to always be rewarded.

Just look at robbers who live in peace and luxury or people who provoke God, disregard him, or worship false gods…many of them live in prosperity and relative ease. And lest Job’s friends try to say that God is obviously not involved in these exceptions to their rules…he calls on all of creation to testify concerning the sovereign power of God! In his hand is EVERY living thing!

The very reason Job is confused amidst his suffering is because he knows that God is in control. Is this not the reason we are often confused amidst our suffering? Pain is only problematic to those who believe in a good, loving, all-powerful God. This is what leads us to question the way God is running the universe, namely, the fact that he IS running the universe.

Yet…the most interesting thing about what Job is says in verse 9 is the name he chooses to use for God… “the LORD.” This is God’s covenant name…Yahweh. In all of the many speeches throughout the book, this is the only place God’s covenant name is invoked. The name recalls God’s faithful-never-ending-love for his people.

Job may be confused about how God could be in control of his situation, but he is quick to remind himself that, no matter how confusing, it is a hopeful thing that all is in the hand of the LORD…the faithful, loving one. The events of our lives may often seem confusing in light of God being in control, but that same truth is what brings comfort amidst the confusion for we know that God is good and can be trusted.
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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